Utility, Novelty, Statutory Bar, & Nonobviousness Self-Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In order to receive a patent, an invention must be:
Choice 1 Useful.
Choice 2 Novel.
Choice 3 Both useful and novel.
Choice 4 Either useful or novel.
Duncan invents a pump which can be used to bring water from a bathroom sink to a special toothbrush holder. This cannot be patented because:
Choice 1 It is novel but not useful.
Choice 2 It is useful but not novel.
Choice 3 It is neither usefully nor novel.
Choice 4 It is both useful and novel and therefore might be patentable.
The Tick is not very sophisticated and does not keep up with much of what goes on in the world. One day while experimenting with his tools he develops a drill bit which can be used to turn screws. This drill bit is:
Choice 1 Patentable by the Tick provided he has never seen anything like it before.
Choice 2 Patentable by the Tick provided it adds something useful to an existing design.
Choice 3 Not patentable by the Tick because the idea is not novel.
Choice 4 Not patentable by the Tick because fictional animated superheroes cannot possibly invent anything useful.
A ?statutory bar? is:
Choice 1 A drinking establishment outside the House of Representatives.
Choice 2 A minimum threshold test which must be met before a patent application can be submitted to the PTO.
Choice 3 A legislatively enacted rule which will prevent a patent from being granted.
Choice 4 Part of the Statute Act which bars further amendments or changes to the Act without approval by the PTO.
In order to be patented an invention must be nonobvious, which means:
Choice 1 Essentially the same thing as “novel.”
Choice 2 It cannot be something which would be obvious to people involved in a certain area.
Choice 3 It cannot be something which would be obvious to people in general, even if certain skilled people would find it obvious.
Choice 4 D-uh.

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