KSR v. Teleflex, Redefining The Obvious

Law360, New York (May 3, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- For the first time since the creation of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Supreme Court has ruled in a case involving the issue of when a new idea is obvious and therefore unpatentable—one of the fundamental pillars of U.S. patent law jurisprudence.

In KSR v. Teleflex, the Supreme Court rejected the Federal Circuit’s rigid application of the so-called “teaching, suggestion, motivation test,” holding instead that the analysis of when a patent is obvious must be more flexibly applied.

This more flexible...
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