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Re: SC Patent Ruling Gives 'Obvious' New Meaning
Posted by: John P. Mello Jr. 2007-05-01 18:31:17
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In what one attorney described as "the most important patent case in a generation," the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a decision that's expected to make patents that combine existing technologies more difficult to obtain. The facts in the case before the court, KSI International v. Teleflex, deal with accelerator pedal technology in automobiles, but the broader issue in the case is how courts determine if an invention that combines existing technologies deserves a patent or is so obvious it doesn't merit one.

Re: SC Patent Ruling Gives 'Obvious' New Meaning
Posted by: tensor 2007-05-01 19:36:48 In reply to: John P. Mello Jr.
Goddard (re rocketry) was ignored and "pooh poohed" for over 20 years--almost the same thing re Carlson (and zerography)---pretty mich the same re Farnsworth---much the same re Whittle (jet engine or gas turbine)---Gould "slogged thru" the USPTO (re certain basic lasers)
for some 30 years--Armstrong (re FM transmission) committed suicide (re his patent battles)
is there more MONEY, and LESS aggravation, in opening up, say, ten (10) pizza joints ??
i really don't know (concerning the latter)
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