Fed. Circ.'s Latest Patent-Specific Rule May Rile Justices

By Ryan Davis (September 18, 2014, 7:58 PM EDT) -- A split Federal Circuit decision that patent co-owners cannot be forced to join an infringement suit may be ripe for U.S. Supreme Court review, attorneys say, since it appears to set a rule that applies only in patent law, a practice by the appeals court that the justices have repeatedly criticized.

The full Federal Circuit voted 6-4 on Wednesday not to conduct an en banc review of a decision dismissing a semiconductor patent suit by the University of New Mexico's licensing arm against Intel Corp. because the co-owner of the patent, Sandia Corp., decided to "take a neutral position" and not...

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