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 a patent Fast-Track Appeal?

What is a Fast-Track Appeal? Appealing a rejected patent application can take years. Normally, an appeal to the PTAB would be taken up for decision in the order in which it was docketed. To shorten the ex parte patent appeal process, the USPTO launched a Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program on July 2, 2020. This is […]

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What are your chances of getting a patent?

What are your chances of getting a utility patent? Utility patents are substantially harder to obtain than design patents. That’s no surprise. What might be eye opening is that the probability of obtaining a utility patent is a function of time – as more time passes, the chances of getting a utility patent increase. Based […]

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