Class Notes 1/26/2011
Patent: novelty + utility + non-obviousness
Non-obviousness: inventiveness, invention, combination (issues related to that)
In the Supreme court decision they don't refer to statutes or anything. Main issue was to be the instructions of the jury. Also whether or not the combination of the old merited a patent. Something must arise from the combination that is greater and different from the others.
The plaintiff sued and ended up having their patent deemed invalid.
The only superiority of it, comes from the mere substitution of material
That was the opinion of the court.
There was a dissident Justice:
Mostly arguing that there was value to the combination.
A & P
Was there sufficient novelty and invention to warrant a patent? No.
The SC shouldn't have to deal with stupid inventions. As they prevent further investigation.
The whole government was confused as to what an invention is, this case is sort of book keeping putting it all together