Secondary Considerations and the Art of Responding to Obviousness Rejections


20098 Ashbrook Place

Suite 100

Ashburn, VA 20147

Date & Time

Start Date: 06/20/2023
Start Time: 2:30 pm
End Time: 3:30 pm EDT


Keith Fredlake will present at Patent Prosecution & Portfolio Management Masters 2023. Keith's discussion will focus on responding to obviousness rejections and convincing examiners there is more to the claimed invention than the sum of its parts. To accomplish this task, he will explore—among other things—the following:

  • Specific requirements examiners must satisfy in order to rely on each of the KSR rationales;
  • The most common obviousness rejections and how to handle them;
  • How best to establish a nexus between objective evidence of non-obviousness (i.e., secondary considerations) and the claimed invention; and
  • Tips for successfully working with patent examiners to convince them to issue patent claims.


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Keith D. Fredlake


(202) 747-0768

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