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When is combining prior art to invent something new obvious and when is it not obvious?

I think the standard is whether someone with ordinary skill in the field would find the combination obvious. In this case it's a mechanical assembly so perhaps a mechanical engineer. I looked at the ...
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If A+B+C already exists, would it be argument for obviousness if someone attempts to patent A+B?

Image a 4-wheel car exists and what everyone knows is that to be stable a car needs 4 wheels in a rectangular arrangement. Someone invents a 3-wheel car be realizing stabilization can be achieved by ...
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When is combining prior art to invent something new obvious and when is it not obvious?

The law is (a) A patent may not be obtained though the invention is not identically disclosed or described as set forth in section 102, if the differences between the subject matter sought to be ...
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If A+B+C already exists, would it be argument for obviousness if someone attempts to patent A+B?

No, it would not be an argument for obviousness because it is an argument for (lack of) novelty. You can easily see that by drawing Venn diagrams. When the scope (area) of what you are trying to ...
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Can someone explain how PTAB invaliated Molly Metz's jump rope patent?

From one article “But the board disagreed, saying in its decision on Jump Rope Systems' U.S. Patent No. 7,789,809 that it was persuaded by the testimony of Rogue Fitness' expert that a skilled artisan ...
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Can conflicting applications be considered for determing the obvious of a later-filed application?

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: ...
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