High Court Asked to Rule on What Makes an Idea New

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Science  21 Dec 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5551, pp. 2460-2461
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5551.2460

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When is imitation innovation--and when is it piracy? The U.S. Supreme Court will hear conflicting answers to those questions early next month in a patent infringement case that is being watched closely by academic and industrial groups.