Q) 35 USC 102 (10.03.19a)

by patentbar on August 22, 2008

in Exam Questions

19. In accordance with patent laws, rules and procedures as related in the MPEP, a rejection under 35 USC 102 can be overcome by demonstrating:
(A) the reference is nonanalogous art.
(B) the reference teaches away from the claimed invention.
(C) the reference disparages the claimed invention.
(D) (A), (B) and (C).
(E) None of the above.

ANSWER: (E) is the most correct answer. As set forth in MPEP § 2131.05, “‘Arguments that the alleged anticipatory prior art is ‘nonanalogous art’ or ‘teaches away from the invention’ or is not recognized as solving the problem solved by the claimed invention, [are] not ‘germane’ to a rejection under section 102.’ Twin Disc, Inc. v. United States, 231 USPQ 417, 424 (Cl.Ct.1986) (quoting In re Self, 671 F.2d 1344, 213 USPQ 1, 7 (CCPA 1982)). A reference is no less anticipatory if, after disclosing the invention, the reference then disparages it. The question whether a reference ‘teaches away’ from the invention is inapplicable to an anticipation analysis. Celeritas Technologies Ltd. v. Rockwell International Corp., 150 F.3d 1354, 1361, 47 USPQ2d 1516, 1522-23 (Fed.Cir.1999).” Therefore, answers (A) through (D) are incorrect. See also MPEP § 706.02(b) as to ways to overcome a rejection under 35 U.S.C. § 102.

***Variation, choice D was different – but the answer was still (E).

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