In re Carlson, 983 F.2d 1032 (1992) Notes

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United States Court of Appeals Federal Circuit.

PTO examiner, and PTO Appeals Board, said unpatentable under 103 (nonobviousness)

Affirmed by this US court of Appeals


Geschmacksmuster - German IP, industrial design rights (shape, pattern, color for non-utilitarian purposes) [1]


2 issues:

  • Gmaster a foreign invention under 102a and therefore prior art?
  • this patent obvious given prior art under 103?

Patent: [2]

  • fluid hydration system, stores water, replacement reservoir