What does 'nonobvious' mean in terms of patentability? 2 Answers as of November 03, 2010

On the USPTO website, they list criteria to determine the patentability of a product. What seems obvious to me (the inventor) may not be obvious to others. Does this negate the 'Its so simple, why didn't I think of that? scenario?

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Mark S. Hubert PC
Mark S. Hubert PC | Mark Hubert
Obviousness is always judged by the standard of knowledge of one of ordinary skill in the art.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 11/3/2010
Kafantaris Law Group
Kafantaris Law Group | Theo Kafantaris
Obvious means that you could combine 2 or more references (patents) to show all features of your invention.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/3/2010
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