Agrizap's Lesson On Secondary Considerations

Law360 (May 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In Agrizap Inc. v. Woodstream Corp., the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held Agrizap’s patent claims invalid for obviousness.

Citing the Supreme Court’s watershed decision in KSR International Co. v. Teleflex, Inc., the Federal Circuit characterized Agrizap as “a textbook case of when the asserted claims involve a combination of familiar elements according to known methods that does no more than yield predictable results.”

According to the court, “[i]n this case, the objective evidence of nonobviousness simply cannot overcome such a strong prima facie...
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