Fed. Circ.'s Reign Over Patents Should End, Judge Says

Law360, Chicago (September 26, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT) -- A Seventh Circuit judge Thursday proposed ending the Federal Circuit’s exclusive jurisdiction over patent appeals, arguing that a little conflict between appellate courts would be a good thing for the patent system.

In a speech at the Chicago-Kent College of Law’s U.S. Supreme Court Intellectual Property Review, Judge Diane P. Wood was careful to specify that she advocates sharing the patent load with the regional circuits, not abolishing the Federal Circuit outright.

“I think it would be a better system if there were not this exclusive...
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