Fed. Circ. Ruling May Reduce Patent Application Rejections

Law360, New York (February 3, 2014, 8:20 PM EST) -- A recent decision by the Federal Circuit that set a more stringent standard for when patent examiners can reject patents as obvious or anticipated over prior art should result in fewer rejections and provide a useful tool for applicants, attorneys say.

In the In: re Giannelli decision on Jan. 13, the appeals court reversed an examiner's decision to reject an exercise machine patent application as obvious over an earlier patent. The examiner found that the prior art invention was capable of performing the same function as...
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