SSJR’s attorneys obtained a reversal of a rejection of all claims as obvious in a patent application directed to a vehicle brake system.

The Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences found that the combination of prior art relied on by the patent examiner would not result in a device with all elements of the independent claim. The Board further found that the prior art device would need to be physically altered in order to read on the claims and that there was no persuasive evidence or logical reasoning presented that such a modification would have been obvious.