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By Kenneth Allen
(December 9, 2009) Employed inventors are happier with jobs in which they are rewarded for their inventions and are unsatisfied with jobs in which they feel they receive only token recognition.
On August 21, 2007, the PTO published final rules limiting the number of continuation applications and claims. The rules will take effect on November 1, 2007. While the Patent Office says the rules are not retroactive, filing a continuation on or after August 21 can limit the options available. Below is a general summary of the major provisions
By Stuart Bartow
In a potentially far-reaching decision on patent validity, the Supreme Court held in KSR Int’l Co. v. Teleflex Inc. that the determination of whether the subject matter of a patent claim is obvious is an "expansive and flexible" legal inquiry, and that the Federal Circuit's test requiring a specific "teaching, motivation, or suggestion" to combine prior art references (the so-called "TSM" test) must not be applied rigidly.
By Stuart Bartow
In another significant set-back for patent plaintiffs, the Supreme Court in Microsoft v. AT&T Corp. held that merely shipping a master disk containing software code to overseas computer manufacturers for copying and installation on new computers is insufficient to create infringement liability for those copies installed on the foreign-manufactured machines.