Novelty (related to Prior designs)
(Conclusion) Novelty should be found. (Applicant won.)
Since the cited defendant’s brochure was a mere color-printed document, the defendant could have made the brochure with a false preparation date, and therefore that the preparation date printed on the document was insufficient to prove the date when it was actually prepared.
<Writer: Hideki Takaishi (Attorney-at-law licensed in Japan and California)>