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Definition of nonobvious

: not easily discovered, seen, or understood : not obvious nonobvious trends a nonobvious solution

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nonobviousness noun
In order to be patentable the improvement itself must meet all three requirements of novelty, utility, and nonobviousness. — Earl W. Kintner and Jack L. Lahr

Examples of nonobvious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To get a patent, an invention must be novel, nonobvious and useful—all reasonable requirements. Paul R. Michel And Matthew J. Dowd, WSJ, "America’s Innovators Need Clear Patent Laws," 23 Jan. 2020 And to also keep nonobvious stuff on hand — like teddy bears for the kids, a rubber bone for the dog and $50 in cash, all in $1 bills. Steve Rubenstein,, "San Francisco hands out fake earthquakes to prepare for the real thing," 11 June 2019 But nonobvious money trails are popular on both ends of the spectrum. Scott Walter, WSJ, "The Dark Money That Funded ‘Dark Money’," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of nonobvious

1888, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonobvious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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