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Federal Circuit: ‘Common Sense’ Presumption By Patent Board Was Error

(August 17, 2016, 3:40 PM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — A decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board that rendered obvious various claims of a computer-aided search patent was reversed Aug. 10 by the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, which deemed “conclusory” the board’s presumption that the addition of a telephone number search feature to prior art would be “common sense” (Arendi S.A.R.L. v. Apple Inc., et al., No. 15-2073, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 14652).

(Decision available. Document #16-160906-003Z.)

The ruling came in response to patent owner Arendi S.A.R.L.’s...
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