Today was the start of week four.
Today was also our first real 102 lecture, featuring such interesting topics as 102 a,b, and e.
If you can reject on a, b, or e, reject on b.
If you can reject on a or e, reject on e.
If you can reject on a, well, ok.
For those of you unfamiliar with 102, it’s the statute that determines what constitutes “prior art.” That is, what sort of publications or previous inventions make a prima facie case that the inventor didn’t invent what he described in his application? I’m going to have to go back over the lecture notes, because we had a … snafu with the lecturer’s schedule, so we had a very rushed introduction. Luckily, we do get copies of the power point.
For potential new hires, this is the important stuff. 102 and 103 are (in my unexperienced opinion) the meat and potatoes of examination. Occasionally you are going to see a perpetual motion machine, or claim language that is incorrect or not enabled in the specification. But where you’re really going to spend your time is in the search, and in determining whether several patents would motivate a PHOSITA to combine them.
To that end, we also had an EAST introduction today, which is the search tool used most widely in the office, overall. It’s actually pretty neat the way they let you combine searches and increase complexity with the query language. It almost seems fun!