The Long Jump Test – Test of Obviousness in Patent Law

Anand and Anand

In the Olympics of patents, the test of obviousness is one of the most important hurdles that an invention has to cross before its inventor can obtain a medal of a patent. For the grant of a patent, once it is clear that a particular invention is novel, the next step is to measure the magnitude of the novelty involved so as to check whether the advancement brought about by the invention is “routine” and “obvious” or whether it is inventive so as to be worthy of a patent.

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The Long Jump Test – A pictorial depiction of obviousness doctrine in India (2)