Hands-on Workshop: Overcome Rejections Under 35 U.S.C. §103


Bilingual Version

Nelson Quintero on Overcome Rejections Under 35 U.S.C. §103

On October 9, Nelson Quintero, the founder and principal of Quintero Law Office, was invited to present on the topic of “Overcome Rejections Under 35 U.S.C. §103” in a workshop held by Top Team.  He gave an introduction to the core concepts of non-obviousness found in Article 103 and used scenario exercises to help participants to better respond to a rejection under 35 U.S.C. §103 and in turn improve the application allowance rate.  

Compared with the non-obviousness (inventive step) requirement for patentability in other countries, the 35 U.S.C. §103 determines obviousness in its own unique way. Quintero explained the legal and practical frameworks of obviousness rejections, in simple language, as well as the practical framework of response to obviousness rejections, and common errors or pitfalls in responses to obviousness rejections.

Later in the group exercise session, Quintero prepared previous pending cases for participants to practice their responses to office actions with different rebuttal evidence, such as “No reasonable rationale to combine”, “No reasonable expectation of success”, “ Non-analogous art”, “Unexpected results”, etc.

Workshop attendees were patent professionals from Top Team’s long-time clients, along with our in-house patent engineers.

QUINTERO LAW OFFICE, PC  focuses on intellectual property, principally patent and trademark prosecution before the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Its founder and principal, Nelson A. Quintero has nearly twenty years of experience in the field and is particularly well-experienced in OA response and reexamination proceedings. The office has worked with Top Team for The US patent prosecution for clients in Taiwan since 1996.