Federal Circuit Faces Flood Of Appeals Driven By AIA Reforms

Law360, Boston (July 11, 2015, 1:42 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit's docket is facing a surge in appeals from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office proceedings driven by America Invents Act reforms, according to a Law360 analysis, putting pressure on the court to quickly adapt and streamline its decision-making process before the next, and likely bigger, wave hits.

Law360's midyear look at the opinions and judgments issued by the Federal Circuit in intellectual property cases from January through June 2015 reveals a spike in rulings on disputes that originated at the USPTO, a trend that experts say will only grow as new, cost-effective patent-review proceedings created by the America Invents...

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