Fed. Circ. Patent Decisions In 2020: An Empirical Review
By Dan Bagatell (January 11, 2021, 4:04 PM EST) -- This fourth annual article provides an empirical review of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's decisions in patent cases during calendar year 2020.
2020 was an unusual year for everyone, including the Federal Circuit. Among the more notable differences from 2019, the court's docket shifted more toward appeals from district court cases; the court affirmed more often, especially in appeals from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board; it issued more nonprecedential opinions and fewer summary dispositions; and it issued fewer dissents.
Methodology and Scope
This year's study covers all patent cases decided by the Federal Circuit in 2020,...
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