so close yet so far

so close: past exams from your patent prof have asked that you do analysis on a case which is pending before the courts, so you decide to search patent blogs for interesting cases which are before the courts. And lo and behold, one of the cases you saw on the patent blogs was on the exam.

so far: you took one look at the particular case, read the first paragraph and first sentence of the second paragraph, decided ‘that patent application is so completely insane, it couldn’t possibly be in the exam‘, and never looked at it again.