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Supreme Court Patent Case Comes Down To Stating 'Obvious'

Publication Date: 
November 28, 2006
USA Today
Joan Biskupic

"USA Today" quotes Lecturer Thomas C. Goldstein

Thomas Goldstein, representing Teleflex, argued that the teaching-and-motivation test is neither confusing nor problematic. He said it helps prevent "hindsight" from distorting assessments of whether a variation is obvious. He said the Federal Circuit looks at whether an invention "was apparent or not apparent to a person of ordinary skill at the time of the invention."