Can an obscure online post constitute prior art?
Abstract: Years ago, the go-to online hangouts were Usenet newsgroups. These discussion forums have now been largely usurped by social networking sites. Nonetheless, this article looks at a case in which an appeals court considered whether a post on an obscure Usenet newsgroup could constitute prior art and, therefore, invalidate a patent. Suffolk Technologies, LLC v. AOL, Inc., No. 2013-1392, May 27, 2014 (Fed. Cir.)