Last Thursday, 28 October, the IPKat commented on the use of the word "nerd" as a means of identifying the characteristics of the hypothetical person skilled in the art, against whom the inventive quality of a putatively patentable invention was to be mentioned. Today the IPKat received his copy of the Sweet & Maxwell Reports of Patent Cases in which the "nerd" case (Rockwater v Technip France) has just been reported. The key words at the top of the law report read, in the relevant part:
"Patent -- Laying flexible pipes offshore -- Infringement -- Novelty -- Inventive step -- Person skilled in the art -- Whether a "nerd" or part-way to being an "android" ... "No-one can ever say that the law reports make dull reading. Androids take note.
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