Prior Art Effect Of Electronic Publications

The decision of In re Wyer, demonstrated that an electronic publication including an online database or Internet publication is deemed to be a “printed publication.” This electronic publication however must be accessible to persons concerned with the art to which the document relates.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What is Novelty?
What is prior art?
What is a printed publication?
What did the court determine?
What is the effect of this decision?

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