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.[1]

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cases; the court affirmed more often, especially in appeals from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board; it issued more nonprecedential opinions and fewer summary dispositions; and it issued fewer dissents.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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