A requirement for patent protection. A new invention must produce unexpected or surprising new results that are not anticipated by the existing technology (or prior art). A nonobvious invention is unexpected by a person with ordinary skill in the art — for example, the telephone technology created by Alexander Graham Bell was not obvious to audio and sound engineers of Bell's day. (See also: prior art)
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