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Kavanaugh’s Views Could Mean Increased Scrutiny Of USPTO

Law360 (July 12, 2018, 9:18 PM EDT) -- D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh has a fairly sparse record on intellectual property issues, but the U.S. Supreme Court nominee’s skepticism of the power of administrative agencies could lead him to closely scrutinize decisions by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, attorneys say.

Judge Kavanaugh, tapped by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, has written or joined a handful of decisions involving copyright and patent law in his 12 years on the D.C. Circuit bench, not enough to give...
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