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UK court clarifies skilled man test

Emma Barraclough, London

Patent applicants in the UK have been given more guidance on what kind of knowledge a person must have before they will be deemed to be “skilled in the art”

The issue is central to decisions about whether an invention is obvious or not. If it is obvious, it is not patentable.

The guidance came in a ruling made last week by the UK Court of Appeal in a dispute...

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