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Hindsight is the recognition the realities, possibilities, or requirements of something after it has happened[1] and is the cause of many forms of cognitive bias.[2] In patent law, hindsight is the reconstruction of an invention from "knowledge gleaned only from applicant's disclosure" and is an improper way of finding that the invention would have been obvious.[3]


  1. Hindsight
  2. Hindsight Biases in Evaluation of Intelligence Reporting
  3. Manual of Patent Examining Procedure § 2145