The term “comprising,” when used in the preamble of a claim, permits the inclusion of other elements or materials in addition to those specified in the
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A prima facie obviousness rejection combining multiple disclosures requires a reason to modify or combine the prior art to achieve the claimed invention with a reasonable
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For a prior art reference to be properly used in an obviousness rejection, the reference must be analogous art to the claimed invention. In re Bigio, 381
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Ex parte Hicks is a 2007 decision of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) that is listed among the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s
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When considering the obviousness of ranges, it is a fundamental principle of U.S. patent law that “where the general conditions of a claim are disclosed in the prior
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On July 14, 2020, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board issued a decision in Ex parte Park (Appeal 2019-006050) in which a rejection over an overlapping prior art
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On August 19, 2020, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) issued a decision in Ex parte Boutillier (Appeal No. 2020-000348) reversing an Examiner’s obviousness rejection
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On July 31, 2020, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) issued a decision in Ex parte Marco (Appeal No. 2020-000873) reversing an Examiner’s rejection for
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Patent claims often recite structural limitations in combination with one or more properties. For example, a product claim might recite a composition comprising three components, where
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Ex parte Smith is a 2012 decision of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) that is listed among the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s
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