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

Would you like to learn more about examination practices and procedural guidance for 35 U.S.C. § 103 writing rejections? Register today for part two of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) virtual Instructor-Led Training (vILT) series on May 26. 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 writing rejections.

Participants will learn basic information regarding:

  • How to establish a prima facie case
  • Rationale for combining prior art
  • Communicating a rejection

Register now

The USPTO is approved for two hours of continued legal education (CLE) credits in Virginia for this course. Learn more about the program and upcoming sessions. Part two of this course is being offered three times: May 24 at 9 a.m. ET, May 25 at 1 p.m. ET, and May 26 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

Approved:    2 hours- 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

Approved:    2 hours- 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)