Nowotarski Argues Against Obviousness Rejections in the Post-KSR Era

Nowotarski to Discuss Tools to Overcome Obviousness Rejections in Patent Applications

PR Newswire -- February 23, 2009

STAMFORD, Conn., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ — Mark Nowotarski, President of
Markets, Patents & Alliances L.L.C., will present new tools for
overcoming "obviousness rejections" in patent applications, at this
year's "Patent Forum 2009" in San Francisco. He will serve on the panel
entitled "Redefining Obviousness in the Post-KSR Period: The
Implications & Impact on Litigation."

Nowotarski will argue that, far from making all inventions obvious, the
Supreme Court decision KSR v. Teleflex has actually become a
surprisingly powerful tool for helping patent attorneys and agents
persuasively argue that their clients' inventions are patentable. He
will present rulings by the USPTO's Board of Patent Appeals and
Interferences (BPAI) that demonstrate that KSR's more flexible, "common
sense" approach can benefit patent practitioners, particularly when they
can take the language of the BPAI decisions and apply it to their own

"Mark Nowotarski takes an interesting approach to arguing against
obviousness rejections in the post-KSR era," said patent attorney Scott
Hansen, who serves on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles
Intellectual Property Law Association and is a member of the California
State Bar's Intellectual Property Section's Executive Committee. "I look
forward to hearing his further thoughts on using KSR as a tool for
demonstrating non-obviousness to examiners."

Mark Nowotarski is the President of Markets, Patents & Alliances L.L.C.,
an intellectual property consulting firm, and is a registered U.S.
patent agent specializing in business method patents. He currently
serves clients in the insurance, banking, medical devices, chemicals and
manufacturing industries. Mr. Nowotarski can be reached at (203)
975-7678, by email at, or by visiting
his website at

The panel discussion will also include Kelly Hale, IP Counsel for
Broadcom, Bruce Greenhaus, VP and Chief Patent Counsel of Entropic
Communications, and Daniel McGlynn, patent counsel for Emcore.

For more information visit the Patent Forum 2009 Web site at