KSR Opens Numerous U.S. Patents To Reexamination

Law360, New York (May 15, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Supreme Court’s anxiously-awaited decision in KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc., No. 04-1350 (April 30, 2007) means that the United Stated Patent and Trademark Office was too lax in allowing the roughly 2,000,000 U.S. patents that have not yet expired. Does the patent office now have to reexamine these patents if requested to do so?

* The Patent Office Was Too Lax for Decades *

Most inventions are new combinations of old elements. Before KSR, the patent office considered inventions that merely combined old elements...
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