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Ex parte Granneman

Case Number: CLB0027

Date: 03.06.2003

Patent examiner’s reliance on per se rule that duplication of parts renders invention obvious fails to establish prima facie case that claimed semiconductor processing apparatus having multiple reactors in same processing chamber is obvious over prior art reference, since reliance on per se rules of obviousness is legally incorrect, and mere fact that prior art could be modified as proposed by examiner is not sufficient to establish prima facie case.

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