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Obviousness doesn’t require motivation to combine prior art

When a party challenging a patent’s validity alleges that multiple prior references made the invention obvious, it may need to show that someone would have been motivated to combine those references into the invention. However, in a recent case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that no motivation to combine is required where a secondary reference is used only to explain the primary reference.

Testing Truths

Experimental use preempts public use, on-sale bars to patentability Common sense might seem to dictate that a new invention would require testing before an inventor moves ahead with it. But could such testing trigger the public use or on-sale bar to patentability? Not necessarily. As the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit explained in a recent case, the experimental use exception may negate both bars.

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SCOTUS clarifies copyright infringement lawsuit prerequisite Authors of work obtain exclusive rights — copyrights — in their works immediately on creation of the work. But they generally can’t file a civil lawsuit for infringement of those rights until they register the work with the U.S. Copyright Office.

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