What is nonobvious?

What does “obvious” mean in patent language? The everyday colloquial use of the term “obvious” is so simple that it can be hard to define. Both dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster share a common definition of easily seen or understood. You can say that obviousness refers to something that is evident or recognizable. In the patent world, […]

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What is an obvious invention (Section 103 rejection)?

What makes an invention obvious? There are two main ways an examiner might reject a patent application over prior art. One is anticipation, and the other is obviousness. When claims are rejected as being obvious, it means that the examiner did not find all elements in a single prior art reference. Instead, the examiner may […]

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Is my idea patentable?

What makes an idea patentable? If you have specific examples of how your idea would actually work, then your concept might be patentable if it meets the following conditions: eligible subject matter; and new and unique (i.e., novel and non-obvious). Being unique is not about percentages (e.g., my invention is 80% the same as another […]

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