IoT
Infrastructure // PC & Servers
Commentary
11/27/2006
01:41 PM
Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy
Commentary
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
IoT & Insurance: How Big Data May Affect Your Privacy & Premiums
May 06, 2016
Gwenn Bezard is co-founder and research director at Aite Group, where he leads the insurance pract ...Read More>>

The 'Obvious' Importance Of Tuesday's Supreme Court Case

How big a deal is Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court case, which will explore the "obviousness" test for issuing patents? Consider this observation from an Associate Press article on the Washington Post: That 85 percent to 90 percent of the patent office's work focuses on determining obviousness.

How big a deal is Tuesday's U.S. Supreme Court case, which will explore the "obviousness" test for issuing patents? Consider this observation from an Associate Press article on the Washington Post: That 85 percent to 90 percent of the patent office's work focuses on determining obviousness.The estimate comes from Gerald Mossinghoff, a former commissioner of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Yet the article notes that the Supreme Court hasn't ruled on obviousness since 1976. This case, KSR International vs. Teleflex, pivots on the combination of two existing technologies, and whether that combination was obvious.

Major patent holders are lining up on either side of the issue, with some such as Johnson & Johnson, 3M, and GE opposing change, while major tech companies including Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and Intel wanting change. There are proposals out there for changing the patent system, but it seems unlikely Congress is really going to roll its sleeves up on what to most voters is a complicated if not arcane policy matter. If there's going to be change, the courts seem a far more likely driver.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Server Market Splitsville
Server Market Splitsville
Just because the server market's in the doldrums doesn't mean innovation has ceased. Far from it -- server technology is enjoying the biggest renaissance since the dawn of x86 systems. But the primary driver is now service providers, not enterprises.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
2016 InformationWeek Elite 100
Our 28th annual ranking of the leading US users of business technology.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of April 24, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week!
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.