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Patently obvious

A Supreme Court ruling with far-reaching consequences for American innovation turns on the definition of a single word

By Drake Bennett
May 6, 2007

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Last week, ruling in a dispute over the design of a gas pedal, the Supreme Court jolted the American patent system. The case, KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc. , dealt with the placement of an electronic sensor in an accelerator that could be adjusted according to a driver's height -- not in itself a matter of national concern. But ... (Full article: 1404 words)

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