Newman Cements Status As Fed. Circ.'s Great Dissenter

By Vin Gurrieri (March 8, 2016, 10:19 PM EST) -- Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman has built a reputation as the appellate court's most prolific contrarian, and 2015 was no exception, with the judge breaking from the majority in about 18 percent of the cases she heard, far eclipsing any of her colleagues.

Over the past year, Judge Newman, known as the "great dissenter," sat on the panel that issued opinions for 73 patent cases and she dissented at least in part to the majority's decisions in 13 of those cases.

Her rate of filing dissents — 17.8 percent — far eclipsed that of any other Federal Circuit judge, with Judge...

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