KSR v. Teleflex Inc. Trial Court Ruling. □ Teleflex sued KSR for infringement of. U.S. Patent No. 6,, to Engelgau. (“Adjustable Pedal Assembly With. Teleflex sued KSR International (KSR), alleging that KSR had infringed on its patent for an adjustable gas-pedal system composed of an. Syllabus. NOTE: Where it is feasible, a syllabus (headnote) will be released, as is being done in connection with this case, at the time the opinion is issued.

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In newer cars, computer-controlled throttles do not operate through force transferred from the pedal by a mechanical link, but open and close valves in response to electronic signals. The claim included details that the sensor needed to be placed on a fixed pivot point. A court must ask whether the improvement is more than the predictable use of prior-art elements according to their established functions.

Chevrolet also manufactured trucks using modular sensors attached to the pedal support bracket, adjacent to the pedal and engaged with the pivot shaft about which the pedal rotates.

You should receive a call within a few minutes. As a business owner or inventor, it’s important to understand how the decision may affect your patent portfolio. The proper question was whether a telefle designer of ordinary skill in the art, facing the wide range of needs created by developments in the field, would have seen an obvious benefit to upgrading Asano with a sensor.


Finally, the court drew the wrong conclusion from the risk of courts and patent examiners falling prey to hindsight bias. The patent in question is a mechanism for combining an adjustable automotive pedal with an electronic sensor, allowing the pedal’s position to transmit through a computer controlling the vehicle’s throttle.

To facilitate review, this analysis should be made explicit. John Deere case applied? Pavement Salvage Companyand Sakraida vs. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, since patents obtained now are telefldx valid than ever. Affirming district court judgment, Fed. How does the KSR decision change patent evaluations?

The most obvious such point is a pivot point. Federal Circuit reversed and remanded.

Any patent issued under the TSM test is now open to new challenges because it ker the wrong test to use. The Supreme Court also discovered flaws in the Federal Circuit’s analysis, noting g it was wrong to tell patent examiners to look only at the problem the inventor was trying to sole.

The BPAI is emphasizing that examiners must still give strong reasons for their rejections. The designer, accordingly, would follow Smith in mounting the sensor there.

KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc. – Wikipedia

It reviewed the history of the TSM test noting its inconsistencies and how the test telsflex the obviousness question. Others say the Supreme Court ignored legislative history in the KSR decision, essentially taking a step back. Wikipedia articles incorporating text from public domain works of the United States Government Articles with short description. Previous cases the Supreme Court referred to were Hotchkiss tleeflex.


The test required a challenger to show any “teaching, suggestion, or motivation” that would result in a person of ordinary skill to combine prior art as detailed in the patent.

The Circuit first erred in holding that courts and patent examiners should look only to the problem the patentee was trying to solve.

KSR vs. Teleflex: Everything You Need to Know

The opinion stated that the application of the bar on patents claiming obvious subject matter “must not be confined within a test or formulation too constrained to serve its purpose. In Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc.

Hungar represented the government, which sided with the petitioner. Asano is also designed so that the force necessary to depress the pedal is the same regardless of location adjustments.


Retrieved from ” https: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. GreenwoodGraham vs. Where it is feasible, a syllabus headnote will be released, as is being done in connection with this case, at the time the opinion is issued.