United StatesHow best to get a result at the US Patent and Trademark Office post-KSR

atent applicants face many challenges in the current environment. Changes to examination practices introduced since KSR v Teleflex (550 US 398, 2007) and the increasing load on examiners have made it more difficult to get patent applications allowed. However, the authors of this chapter do not believe that KSR has altered the prosecution picture as much as some commentators would have us believe. The obviousness analysis today is very similar to that which existed in the mid-to-late 1980s.

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