Featured / FedCircuitBlog

Welcome to Fed Circuit Blog

I’m excited to introduce you to Fed Circuit Blog, a project of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation at the SMU Dedman School of Law. This blog provides comprehensive coverage of activities and news related to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In several ways the Federal Circuit is a unique court. Given that it has exclusive jurisdiction over appeals in various types of federal cases, unless the Supreme Court reviews its opinions, these opinions govern nationwide.

The court’s exclusive jurisdiction includes appeals in patent cases. Given the impact of patents on the development and use of technology, the Federal Circuit holds an important place in the innovation ecosystem. As a result, Fed Circuit Blog will provide particular insight into the law governing patent cases and its impact on the innovation ecosystem. That said, Fed Circuit Blog will extend its coverage of the court to other areas of the court’s jurisdiction.

So exactly what information will Fed Circuit Blog provide?

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En Banc Activity / Petitions

Recent En Banc Activity

Here is an update on recent en banc activity at the Federal Circuit in patent cases. Highlights include one new petition, a response to a petition, a request from the Federal Circuit for a response, and a denial of a petition.

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Opinions

Today’s Opinions – November 19, 2019

This morning the Federal Circuit issued one precedential opinion in a patent case and one nonprecedential opinion in a patent case. Here are the introductions to the opinions.

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News

Recent News on the Federal Circuit

Here is a report on recent news and commentary related to the Federal Circuit and its cases. Today’s report highlights a New York Times article on the Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc., a Bloomberg News article on a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing to discuss the Arthrex ruling, and an IPWatchdog post discussing Chestnut Hill’s recent petition for certiorari in Chestnut Hill Sound Inc. v. Apple Inc.

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Scholarship

Recent Scholarship Related to the Federal Circuit

This month we highlight four recent articles relevant to the Federal Circuit and the areas of law under its jurisdiction. All four articles address reform: judiciary reform, intellectual property reform, patent reform, and veterans law reform.

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Opinions

Today’s Opinions – November 18, 2019

This morning the Federal Circuit issued two nonprecedential Rule 36 judgments. Here is a list of them.

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Panel Activity

Update on Panel Activity

Once a month we provide an update on activity in cases pending before panels of the Federal Circuit where the cases involve at least one amicus brief. Today we highlight recent activity in six such cases. We introduced four of these cases last month in a previous blog post. Of the two new cases, one concerns an attempt to vacate a judgment of non-infringement of a patent in favor of a settlement agreement, and the other questions whether the Patent Trial and Appeal Board may consider eligibility challenges to amended patent claims filed in inter partes review proceedings.

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Featured / Petitions / Supreme Court Activity

New Supreme Court Case: Supreme Court Grants Cert. in Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc.

This afternoon the Supreme Court granted the petition for certiorari in Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc., a copyright case most recently decided by the Federal Circuit in 2018. The grant comes on the heels of the case being listed for consideration at four of the Court’s conferences, including the last three in a row.

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Opinions

Today’s Opinions – November 15, 2019

This morning the Federal Circuit issued one precedential opinion in a patent case, one precedential opinion in a Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals case, one nonprecedential opinion in a Court of Federal Claims case, one nonprecedential order in a patent case, and one precedential erratum. Here are the introductions to the opinions.

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News

Recent News on the Federal Circuit

Here is a report on recent news and commentary related to the Federal Circuit and its cases. Today’s report includes a comment on a petition for en banc rehearing that seeks to prevent the Patent Trial and Appeal Board from effectively overturning jury verdicts, a report on the Federal Circuit’s affirmation of a rejection of an application for a trademark on “Beast Mode Soccer,” and a comment on trends regarding use of the phrase “inequitable conduct” in the Federal Circuit’s decisions.

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Opinions

Today’s Opinions – November 14, 2019

This morning the Federal Circuit issued one precedential opinion in a case involving the United States Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation and the Klamath River Basin reclamation project. Here is the introduction to the opinion.

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