April 5, 2013

Federal Circuit Decision for Week Ending December 28, 2012

C.W. Zumbiel Co., Inc. v. Kappos, No. 2011-1132 (December 27, 2012) (precedential) (2-1) U.S. Patent No. 6,715,639

Key point:

  • In establishing prima facie obviousness, the purpose of an apparatus in a cited reference has no bearing on whether the apparatus can perform a specific function.

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