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Ten New Supreme Court Opinions Reshaping the Intellectual-Property Landscape

by Gregory A. Castanias
Jones Day - Washington Office

Damon M. Lewis
Jones Day - Washington Office

John J. Normile
Jones Day - New York Office

William C. Rooklidge
Jones Day - Irvine Office

Jennifer L. Swize
Jones Day - Washington Office

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.


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