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Teleflex on biotech and pharmaceutical patents the contentio n surrounding the recent United States Supr eme Court decision in KSR v. 2. KSR INT’L CO. v. TELEFLEX INC. Syllabus mechanical pedal to allow it to function with a computer-controlled throttle. The ‘ patent. Teleflex sued KSR International (KSR), alleging that KSR had infringed on its patent for an adjustable gas-pedal system composed of an.

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We write to question When owners of those patents sue, the whether KSR really makes it easier to prove accused will still do what they do: One of the incentives or other market feleflex promptingGraham factors claim scope is arguably 2Show the result achieved was not kwr of the prior art base structure. The extent to which they may describe an analysis more consistent with our earlier precedents and our decision here is a matter for the Court of Appeals to consider in its future cases.

Examination guidelines stretching reaching and far less predictable. GrahamU. These advances, once part of our shared knowledge, define a new threshold from which innovation starts once more. KSR provided convincing evidence that mounting a modular sensor on a fixed pivot point of the Asano pedal was a design step well within the grasp of a person of ordinary skill in the relevant art.

Attaching the sensor to the support member allows the sensor to remain in a fixed position while the driver adjusts the pedal. The diversity of inventive pursuits and of modern technology counsels against limiting the analysis in this way. KSR developed an adjustable mechanical pedal for Ford and obtained U. Retrieved from ” https: Were it otherwise patents might stifle, rather than promote, the progress of useful arts. Accordingly, Teleflex has not shown anything in the prior art that taught away from the use of Asano.

This could lead to the combination of Asano, or a pedal like it, with a pedal position sensor. To the extent the court understood the Graham approach to exclude the possibility of summary judgment when an expert provides a conclusory affidavit addressing the question of obviousness, it misunderstood the role expert testimony plays in the analysis. A person having ordinary skill in the art could have combined Asano with a pedal position sensor in a fashion encompassed by claim 4, and would have seen the benefits of doing so.


In car engines without computer-controlled throttles, the accelerator pedal interacts with the throttle via cable or other mechanical link.

Obviousness after KSR v Teleflex: a private practice …

The District Court employed this narrow inquiry as well, though it reached the correct result nevertheless. Important for this case are teleflez adjustable pedals disclosed in U. The obviousness analysis cannot be confined by a formalistic conception of the words teaching, suggestion, and motivation, or by overemphasis on the importance of published articles and the explicit content of issued patents.

In large part the Supreme Court was reacting to an already existing teleflfx disdain for weak patents, and it is therefore difficult to predict the precise role KSR will have, if any, in causing increased scrutiny in the marketplace or in the courts. That said, nothing in KSRprecludes a patentee from making thesearguments in a softer form. The following summarizes KSR’s likely impact on various obviousness criteria:.

The Court of Appeals further held that genuine issues of material fact precluded summary judgment. We nevertheless think it appropriate to note that the rationale underlying the presumption—that the PTO, in its expertise, has approved the claim—seems much diminished here. It reasoned 1 the state of the industry would lead inevitably to combinations of electronic sensors and adjustable pedals, 2 Rixon provided the basis for these developments, and 3 Smith taught a solution to heleflex wire chafing problems in Rixon, namely locating the sensor on the fixed structure of the pedal.

A modular sensor is designed independently of a given pedal so that it can be taken off the shelf and attached to mechanical pedals of various sorts, enabling the pedals to be used in automobiles with computer-controlled throttles. As discussed below, KSR will tend to shift the burden of proof on obviousness to the patentee in cases where all elements of a claimed invention are separately shown in a number of prior art references.

Everyone’s talking about KSR! Comparison of KSR with Dystar. If this leads to the anticipated success, it is ksg the product not of innovation but of ordinary skill and common sense. The two in combination did no more than they would in separate, sequential operation. The patentee is Steven J.


KSR’s impact on biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Summary judgment granted for Defendant, F. While not explicitly denouncing the TSM testthere is some harsh language in regard to it and the Federal Circuit’s application of the test. While the sequence of these questions might be reordered in any particular case, the factors continue to define the inquiry that controls.

Patent and Trademark Office, relied heavily on non-obviousness arguments that have now been teleeflex or criticized by the Supreme Court. To view the issue in full, please go to www. Examiners hit hard Lawyers, too, face difficulties. We do All the examiners and their supervisors not believe that is what will happen. Prior art reference Asano.

More importantly, we ask if patents with an argument that they were we will ever really know what it holds. Thus, the PTO did not have before it an adjustable pedal with a fixed pivot point.

The perception and reality of KSR International v. Teleflex

KSR brings us change anddifficult but critical step of casting the mind unpredictability. Ford Motor Company hired KSR in to supply an adjustable pedal system for various lines of automobiles with cable-actuated throttle controls. But when a court transforms the general principle into a rigid rule that limits the obviousness inquiry, as the Court of Appeals did here, it errs. For all other patentees the biggest challenge will kst KSR’s anti-patent tone, but this challenge can largely be met by refocusing on the large body of non-obviousness arguments unaffected by KSR.

Rather, the court held, the District Court was obliged first to presume that the issued patent was valid and then to render its own teeleflex judgment of obviousness based on a review of the prior art. My saved default Read later Folders shared with you. Under the correct analysis, any need or problem known in the field of endeavor at the time of invention and addressed by the patent can provide a reason for combining the elements in the manner claimed.