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Special Masters Prove Valuable In Patent Suits: Study

Law360 (April 6, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Special masters, who tend to be appointed in only the most complex patent cases, almost always see their reports and recommendations adopted by the court and may help reduce appeal and reversal rates, according to a recent study commissioned by the Federal Judicial Center.

The study, conducted by law professor Jay P. Kesan and research fellow Gwendolyn G. Ball – both of the University of Illinois – analyzed the 116 patent cases terminated in 2005 and 2006 that involved a special master.

The study's examination of...
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