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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Patently Obvious

Necessity is the mother of invention. And invention, it turns out, is the mother of litigation.

A Supreme Court ruling last Spring sent shockwaves through the already-litigious world of intellectual property by making it easier to challenge the validity of a patent. Patent reform legislation currently making its way through Congress threatens to further upset the apple cart. Much of the controversy turns on the definition of a single word, and it’s obvious. That is, the word in question is “obvious.”

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