Obviousness is a killer weapon for a defense lawyer in a patent infringement case. If he or she can prove that the patent in question is “obvious” (that is, not inventive and not worthy of a patent), the case can be tossed once and for all.
But should juries be weighing in on whether a patent is obvious? An amicus brief in a makes the argument that judges should be the one deciding the issue, not the jury.
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