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The Federal Circuit Focuses On The Problem When Evaluating Non-Analogous Art

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In K-Tec, Inc. v. Vita-Mix Corp., the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s finding that two design patents relating to pitchers were non-analogous art to utility patent claims relating to a blender jar. The Federal Circuit’s analysis focused on the problem being solved by the invention, and differs from a decision of the U.S. Patent Office Board of Appeals and Interferences, which focused on similarities between the functions of pitchers and blender jars.

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