It is easy to contravene the prohibition against individually attacking references used in an obviousness combination. This post dissects the issues and proposes a few ways to reduce the ability of the USPTO to simply dismiss your arguments.
Appeal statistics from TC3700 show a technology center that forces applicants to appeal improper rejections over 50% of the time.
The PTAB confirms that it is improper for the Examiner to lump distinct components together and redefine them as one of the components.
The Federal Circuit gives more guidance to help reign in the Broadest Reasonable Interpretation.
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Halloween costume prior art used by an Examiner rejected by the PTAB.