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. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
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
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. William C. Burton. 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.
adj.Clear; easily seen or understood; apparent.
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.