|September 1, 2014|
Previously published on August 30, 2014
Thirty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court heard between 150 and 175 cases each year, but rarely accepted an intellectual-property case for review. Much has been written about the Court’s shrinking docket in recent years—in its October Term 2013, which just came to an end, the Court heard argument in only 67 cases. Yet among those 67 were no fewer than 10 cases dealing with intellectual property—six patent cases, two copyright cases, and two Lanham Act cases. Each of these decisions is already reshaping the landscape of intellectual-property law.