The Federal Circuit recently had the chance to hear an appeal involving antitrust issues. When we saw that, our ears perked up, as we can only take so much patent and veterans' appeals (sorry). How exactly did the Federal Circuit have jurisdiction to hear the appeal anyway?
The initial claims involved an allegation of patent infringement. Though the parties stipulated to the dismissal of the patent infringement claim, because the district court entered final judgment and dismissed the claim with prejudice, the Federal Circuit retained jurisdiction.
Now, let's get to the heart of the matter.