Fed. Circ.'s 2017 Patent Decisions: A Statistical Analysis
By Dan Bagatell (January 5, 2018, 2:41 PM EST) -- After each fiscal year end, the Federal Circuit publishes statistics summarizing where its cases came from, the court's throughput over the year, and its median times to disposition in cases from different sources. The court even tantalizes court watchers (a bit) by providing reversal rates for each agency and for district courts as a whole. But the court does not explain how it calculates its statistics, and the high level at which the court presents the data obscures the juicy details. So about a year ago I began tracking the disposition of every Federal Circuit decision involving patent law—over 450 cases in calendar year 2017. This article reports some of the more interesting findings....
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