Patent must be more than the sum of its parts

December 9, 2014

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12-09-14Combination of old parts or elements, in order to constitute patentable invention, must perform or produce new and different function or operation than that theretofore performed or produced by them, and it is not sufficient that combination be superior to what went before in producing more convenient and economical mechanism.

Easy-Heat, Inc. v. Tennessee Plastics, Inc., 233 F.Supp. 989, (E.D. Tenn., 1964)