Are Patents Under Attack in the Supreme Court? 5-17-2016
Summary: As Congress debates controversial patent legislation that some say will undermine patent rights, has the U.S. Supreme Court been steadily eroding the scope and enforceability of patents for the past decade? The Supreme Court has made it easier to invalidate patents because an invention is “obvious,” not specific enough, or an “abstract idea.” The Court has also made it more difficult for patent owners to stop or “enjoin” ongoing infringement of their rights and riskier to assert their rights in court. Is the Supreme Court striking the right balance or is it undermining an important property right? -- This panel was presented during the Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference on May 17, 2016, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. -- Featuring: Prof. John F. Duffy, Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law; Mr. Michael R. Huston, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Prof. Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law and Co-Director of Academic Programs and Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University; and Mr. Jeff Wall, Sullivan & Cromwell. Moderator: Hon. Randall R. Rader, The George Washington University.