AIA Case At High Court May Be About More Than Patents

By Matthew Bultman (October 30, 2018, 3:30 PM EDT) -- Agreeing to consider whether the federal government can challenge patents in America Invents Act reviews, the U.S. Supreme Court is in position to use a narrow patent law issue to make a broader statement about the power of government agencies.

The Supreme Court on Friday granted a petition for writ of certiorari by Return Mail Inc., a small Alabama company whose patent on a system for handling undeliverable mail was invalidated after being challenged by the U.S. Postal Service.

The question before the justices is whether the government is a "person" who may ask the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to...

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