Winning the race to invent

Sometimes choosing the right finish line is often more important than being swifter.

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    Morgenthalerv. Scudder, 11 App. D.C. 264 (D.C. Cir.1897).

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    These rules as stated are simplified and riddled with exceptions.

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    See, for example, Amgen, Inc. v. ChugaiPharmaceutical Co., Ltd., 927 F.2d 1200 (Fed. Cir. 1991); Fiers v. Sugano, 984 F.2d 1164 (Fed. Cir. 1993).

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    Burroughs Wellcome Co. v. BarrLaboratories, Inc., 40F.3d 1223 (Fed. Cir. 1994); Staehelin v. Secher, 24 USPQ2d 1513 (Bd. Pat. App. & Int. 1992).

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