An Obviousness Reminder From The Fed. Circ.

Law360, New York (May 19, 2017, 1:00 PM EDT) -- Not every great discovery can become a patent. Many useful innovations, like DNA sequences, simply cannot be patented, because they are natural phenomena. Yet others may be rejected because they are anticipated by previous inventions or for other reasons recognized by law. On the other hand, countless famously terrible ideas, like the sheep treadmill and jet-powered surfboard, actually were patented.

To be patentable an invention must satisfy several requirements. One of the most significant is that the invention cannot be obvious in light of existing inventions....
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