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Possible Limit on the Use of “Common Sense” to Invalidate a Patent Claim for Obviousness Based on a Single Reference
The law regarding obviousness, like a pendulum, has swung over time between favorable to unfavorable positions depending upon one’s perspective. In 1952, the requirement that an invention be “nonobvious” was codified in Section 103 of the Patent Act. In 1966, the Supreme Court issued its seminal decision in Graham v. …
Recently issued Apple patent utilizing passive alignment technology for charging an electric car that does not require human initiation illustrates a possible solution to one of the many hurdles facing electric cars going mainstream. Filed on May 18th of 2020, granted less than five months later, and titled “Charging station …