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Yes: in the US, intervening rights can be used for both novelty and non-obviousness rejections. An example timeline Let us talk of two applications: P1 and P2, having the following dates: 1 Jan 2015: P1 filed at USPTO. 1 Feb 2015: P2 filed at USPTO. 1 Jul 2016: P1 published by USPTO. So in a European context, P1 would be novelty-only prior art for P2. But P1 ...


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They would get granted as they are innovative. If they produced their TVs they would infringe the original patent. In this case, this would probably classify as a "standard essential patent", making licences by the fair reasonable and non discriminating (FRAND) criteria available. The exact explanation of this would go to far, google it and then try to ...


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