CEP: Patent Update - An Invention's Nonobviousness May Not Be Obvious


To qualify for a patent, an invention must be both novel and nonobvious. Novelty requires that the invention differ in some way from the prior art, such as earlier patents and published materials. Nonobviousness requires that there be more than just a difference, such as an element of discovery, or a difference that the prior art does not suggest to a person well-versed in the relevant technology.

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