October 26, 2007
How High Is the Patent Bar Now?
This spring, the U.S. Supreme Court made it harder to patent things by raising a standard known as ÃÂÃ¢â¬Åobviousness.Ã¢â¬Â A lot of people had figured that this bar had fallen so low you could practically step over it. Now some people are talking as if thereÃ¢â¬â¢s no longer any point in getting a ÃÂpatentÃ¢â¬âbut thatÃ¢â¬â¢s going too far. Still, some existing patents probaÃÂbly will fall by the wayside.