The Federal Circuit In 2018: A By-The-Numbers Snapshot

By Jacqueline Bell and Ryan Davis (March 26, 2019, 9:57 PM EDT) -- In 2018, the Federal Circuit appeared to take its patent workload in stride, wielding some favorite tactics to manage the now-familiar crush of patent appeals.

The Federal Circuit has been awash in appeals from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since the America Invents Act created popular new proceedings for challenging patents. The number of opinions issued annually by the Federal Circuit has jumped nearly 60 percent from the 2013 level.

But over the past few years, the specialty appeals court has settled into this new normal, and the number of opinions and judgments it manages to churn out every year...

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