Offer for sale

“Commercial offer for sale” under 35 U.S.C. § 102(b) requires communication that offeree could make into binding contract by simple acceptance; special master, proceeding under assumption that “contract law principles do not govern § 102(b) principles” erred in applying standard requiring something less than formal offer.  (Lacks Indus. Inc. v. McKechnie Vehicle Components USA Inc., 66 USPQ2d 1086, CA FC, 3/13/03).

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