• Key Patent Law Decisions of 2015
  • May 25, 2016 | Authors: Gregory A. (Greg) Castanias; Kelsey I. Nix; Patrick J. O'Rear; Shehla Wynne
  • Law Firms: Jones Day - Washington Office ; Jones Day - New York Office ; Jones Day - Chicago Office ; Jones Day - New York Office
  • Significant U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Circuit decisions in 2015 will likely affect patent law stakeholders during and beyond 2016. Several key judgments regarding administrative agencies and patent law were rendered. In particular, several issues surrounding the Patent Trial and Appeal Board post-grant review procedures have apparently been resolved. Other decisions addressed long-standing questions regarding the correct standards of joint and induced infringement. But conversely, uncertainties remain, at least for now, relative to what constitutes an exceptional case for fee-shifting purposes. Contempt awards, patent royalties, and the applicability of the Kessler doctrine in patent law also figured prominently in some of 2015’s most noteworthy decisions.