osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,

Appears to be Patent Day At the Supremes

The Supreme Court released today two signifcant opinons on the scope of patent protection. I haven't had a chance to do more than glance. But:

KSR v. Teleflex: http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/06pdf/04-1350.pdf
Held: the standard of "obviousness" used by the Federal Circuit is too narrow. This should lead to a greater invalidation of patents on the grounds that they do not satisfy the requirement of the paptent statute that improvements or inventions be "non-obvious."

Microsoft v. AT&T: http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/06pdf/05-1056.pdf
Held: A violation of a U.S. patent in a foreign country, where the U.S. patent holder does not hold the patent, does not trigger liability for patent infringement.

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