Obstructive factors in combining prior arts (Arguing against lack of Inventive Step)

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Obstructive factors in combining prior arts (Arguing against lack of Inventive Step)

Date and Time: 6:00 p.m. (JST) on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.
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*The webinar is expected to consist of a 20 to 30-minute presentation and a 5 to 10-minute Q&A session.
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Comments from Speaker:
When arguing against lack of Inventive Step in an Examination, an Appeal, a lawsuit, etc., the claimed invention and the cited inventions need to be carefully compared for differences. A difference could be a well-known technique or be disclosed in another document. The citations are usually selected from among documents in the same or related technical field, and for that reason, in many cases, the existence of motivation to combine the prior arts, namely, the claimed invention being easily conceivable based on a combination of prior art is often highlighted. However, there may be cases where the prior art cannot be combined for certain reasons that are conventionally called “obstructive factors” in Japanese practice. This webinar will discuss these “obstructive factors” in detail and provide examples by referring to recent court decisions.

Speaker: Susumu Nomura, Patent Attorney

Webinar Tool: Zoom

Cost: Free

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This webinar is aimed at providing IP information to our business partners and clients from overseas. Registration from persons who work for IP firms or law firms in Japan will not be approved as this may be deemed as a conflict of interest with our business.

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