Fed. Circ. Affirms USPTO Nix Of Software Notification Patent

Law360 (April 6, 2018, 8:17 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Friday affirmed the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's rejection of a software notification patent for being obvious over prior art, finding that the prior art inventor's knowledge of a feature was not that important to determining obviousness.

In a 12-page nonprecedential opinion, the panel found that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board did not err in affirming a patent examiner's rejection of Daryl D. Coutts' patent on technology that displays all of a computer's software notifications in one place. The panel was not persuaded by his argument that the USPTO ignored evidence about what the prior art...

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