Specialized Patent Trial Courts Fail To Gain Traction

Law360, New York (August 7, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Fed up with high reversal rates and a perceived lack of efficiency, certain lawmakers, lawyers, judges and academics have intermittently called for more specialized trial courts to hear patent cases. But despite a general interest in the topic, thus far even the most seemingly benign measures have failed to come to fruition.

Since Congress created the semi-specialized U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in 1982, uniform patent procedures have not developed among the federal district courts, according to reform advocates.

This has led to...
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