Definitions

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  • adj. Not obvious.

Etymologies

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non- +‎ obvious

Examples

  • It wasn't an easy argument because, at least on the surface, McDonald's invention seemed to lack two of the five requirements for obtaining a patent: It didn't appear to be novel (different from what's already known) or to be what patent law calls "nonobvious" (meaning that it breaks new ground instead of just tweaking an invention that already exists).

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  • (Not all of these technologies will be patentable -- only those that are novel and "nonobvious," something that goes beyond what any skilled person in the relevant field would have done.) 15

    The Public Domain Enclosing the Commons of the Mind

  • One could copyright one's code and also gain a patent over the "nonobvious," novel, and useful innovations inside the software.

    The Public Domain Enclosing the Commons of the Mind

  • "nonobvious" too easy a standard to meet. 7 It is unclear, however, whether that judgment will produce concrete effects on actual practices of patent grants and litigation.

    The Public Domain Enclosing the Commons of the Mind

  • Every level of abstraction is accurate, new, useful, and nonobvious.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • According to the court of appeals, “United States Patents and Trademarks do not protect ‘ideas’ -- they protect novel, nonobvious, and useful inventions and marks associated with goods or services.”

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • But now people like you and Bryan can clearly dominate these guys, so average journalists, and thus average voters, see issues defined more accurately: nonobvious long-run or indirect effects that are the result of extended study.

    The Internet, Punditry, and Scholarship, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • The new system puts a premium on inventors with the wits—or deep pockets—to dash to the patent office as soon as they discover something useful and nonobvious.

    Patent Overhaul Nears

  • “It was one of ten ideas I brought up which were equally nonobvious,” he says.

    In the Plex

  • Suppose he wants a patent on his new and nonobvious process/result.

    Archive 2009-02-01

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