ob·vi·ous adj: easily seen, discovered, or understood; specif: readily apparent to a person of ordinary skill in a particular art considering the scope and content of the prior art see also patent
◇ An invention that is found to be obvious cannot be patented.
ob·vi·ous·ness n

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective accessible, apertus, apparent, axiomatic, axiomatical, bald, bright, clear, comprehensible, conspicuous, discernible, discoverable, distinct, distinguishable, evident, exoteric, exoterical, explicit, exposed, glaring, in evidence, in view, indisputable, intelligible, lucid, manifest, manifestus, notable, noticeable, observable, open, overt, palpable, patent, perceivable, perceptible, perspicuous, perspicuus, plain, prominent, pronounced, recognizable, revealed, standing out, striking, transparent, uncamouflaged, unconcealed, undeniable, understandable, undisguised, unhidden, unmasked, unmistakable, unquestionable, unscreened, visible, well-defined associated concepts: obvious danger, obvious defect, obvious error, obvious risks II index absolute (conclusive), apparent (perceptible), arrant (definite), blatant (conspicuous), coherent (clear), comprehensible, conspicuous, distinct (clear), elementary, evident, explicit, flagrant, gross (flagrant), lucid, manifest, naked (perceptible), open (in sight), ostensible, outright, overt, palpable, patent, pellucid, perceivable, perceptible, prominent, public (known), salient, scrutable, stark, tangible, unambiguous, undeniable, unmistakable

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Under section 1 of the Patents Act 1977, an invention is not patentable if it is not inventive. An invention is not inventive if it is obvious to a person as to any matters already known which form part of the existing state of the art.

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.

Clear; easily seen or understood; apparent.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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