LEGAL GUIDE
Written by attorney Sreenivasarao Vepachedu | May 31, 2015

INHERENCY AND OBVIOUSNESS

Disclosures of a prior art reference, express, implicit or inherent, may be relied upon in the rejection of claims under 35 USC section 103 or PCT Article 33(3). However, it is simple and easier to the inherency doctrine for anticipation than for obviousness. Nevertheless, inherency is an important

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