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Chapter Four – Novelty and Loss of Right

Chapter four introduces the concepts of anticipation by prior art and loss of right, which are both defined in 35 USC § 102.  Although § 102 may seem complex at first glance, each of its sub-sections may be considered separately when analyzing a problem.  By carefully stepping through the who, what, when, and where of § 102, any problem can be made manageable.


Understanding the prior art identified by the § 102 analysis is vital even if no anticipation or loss of right is found.  As you will see in chapter five, much of the same prior art is used to conduct the obviousness analysis of § 103.


Note the Reexamination Certificate at the end of the Paulsen ‘456 patent and the Notice of Adverse Decisions in Interference at the end of the Dynamic Sciences Limited ‘662 patent, which show the final outcomes of their respective cases.