Volume 85 Issue 24 | pp. 26-28
Issue Date: June 11, 2007

Weighing Obviousness

The U.S. Supreme Court issues a decision that may make it more difficult to patent some inventions
Department: Government & Policy

THE ABILITY to patent devices, methods, processes, and compositions of matter is essential to every economic sector in the U.S., including chemical-related areas. After all, the exclusive rights granted by a patent give an individual or company a limited-time monopoly to that invention before others can exploit it.

To obtain such rights, however, inventors must show that their innovations are new, useful, and nonobvious to someone skilled in the field. These criteria have been around . . .

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