Learn how examiners approach 35 U.S.C. § 103 obviousness rejections

Would you like to learn more about examination practices and procedural guidance for 35 U.S.C. § 103 obviousness rejections? Register today for part one of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) virtual Instructor-Led Training (vILT) series on April 19. The course has limited capacity, and selection for attendance is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

This course is based on recent training delivered to patent examiners. You will see hypothetical examples of how to construct clear and complete 35 U.S.C. § 103 obviousness rejections.

Participants will learn basic information regarding:

  • Obviousness statute
  • Graham v. John Deere obviousness inquiries
  • Guidelines for obviousness rejections
  • Definition of a “prima facie” case

Register now

The USPTO is applying for one hour of continued legal education (CLE) credit in Virginia for this course. Learn more about the program and upcoming sessions. Part one of this course is being offered three times: April 19 at 9 a.m. ET, April 20 at 1 p.m. ET, and April 21 at 5 p.m. ET. For a complete list of upcoming sessions, please see the table below. You can register for any of the events, there is no prerequisite.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request via phone 571-272-8292 or email oeeod@uspto.gov.

For questions or feedback, please contact vILT@uspto.gov.

Course title

Date and Time 



CLE Credit Available?

Part 1: 35 U.S.C. § 103 obviousness rejections

April 19, 2022 at 9 a.m. ET

2 hours

March 21, 2022


April 19, 2022

Applying- Virginia

April 20, 2022 at 1 pm. ET

April 21, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET

Part 2: 35 U.S.C. § 103 writing rejections

May 24, 2022 at 9 a.m. ET

2 hours

April 21, 2022


May 25, 2022

Applying - Virginia

May 25, 2022 at 1 p.m. ET

May 26, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET

Part 3: 35 U.S.C. § 103 examining evidence


2 hours


Applying - Virginia

USPTO resources


1 hour



This event is part of a series: Continuing legal education (CLE)