News To Keep An Eye On :: Obviousness of Patents Takes Center Stage w/ Supreme Court Tomorrow

by M. David Peterson

Supreme Court to examine 'obviousness' of patents | CNET

Software and hardware makers have long complained that a glut of so-called junk patents threatens to disrupt the way they do business.

One key gripe about the patent process is expected to take center stage before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday morning. In their third major patent case this year, the justices are scheduled to hear arguments about what courts should consider when deciding whether an invention is too "obvious" to warrant protection.

Dear Supreme Court Justices: Please let common sense prevail!