USPTO Issues Updated Examiner Guidelines Regarding “Obviousness” Standard

September 2nd, 2010


Comment:  The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office issued updated guidelines on September 1, 2010, regarding examination of patent applications under the “obviousness” standard in light of Federal Circuit decisions that have issued since the Supreme Court’s ruling in KSR Int’l Co. v. Teleflex, Inc. in 2007. The Updated Examination Guidelines provide practical and instructional examples for patent examiners to utilize when examining patent applications.