Block on Trump's Asylum Ban Upheld by Supreme Court
This circuit. This glorious Federal Circuit, with its unique, specialized jurisdiction over a few niche areas of law. Typically, this circuit's run-of-the-mill patent decisions are a bit dry.
But 2014 was different. This past year brought a whole lot of Supreme Court intervention, a scandal that led to a resignation and reprimand, and a new chief judge. In other words: juicy blog material.
Here's what you found most interesting, judging by traffic numbers:
- Patent Invalidated in 1st Opinion to Invoke Alice v. CLS Bank -- The Supreme Court's software patent decision paid immediate dividends for Google, but may end up costing them in the long run. Except not, thanks to the Rader resignation.
- Meet New Federal Circuit Chief Judge Sharon Prost -- Did we say Rader resignation? (That'll be an ongoing theme.) Here's his replacement, a woman with a B.S., MBA, J.D., and L.L.M. trailing her name.
- Feds Try to Take Air Marshal Whistleblower's Case to SCOTUS -- The TSA and DHS appealed a decision in favor of a federal whistleblower to the Supreme Court. The case has since been argued, though the decision is still pending.
- What Is a Bra? Fed. Cir. Decides in Victoria's Secret Tariff Case -- Yes, this was actually a case -- with a dissent -- about whether a bra-shirt-hybrid is a bra for tax purposes.
- Nautilus v. Biosig Instruments: SCOTUS Oral Arguments Almost Here -- Prepare yourself for something titillating: "the legal standard for invalidity of indefiniteness."
- SCOTUS Shifts Burden of Proof Back, Reverses Fed. Circuit -- One party thinks that a second party is infringing their patents. Second party seeks a declaratory judgment that they are not infringing those patents. So who has the burden of proof -- the party initiating the legal action or the party who is alleging infringement?
- Basic Contract Principles of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Prevail -- There are rules to this game, son: the basic rules of contract law. And nobody, not even the federal government itself, is above the law of contracts.
- SCOTUS Vacates and Remands Case in Light of Octane Fitness -- Last year, I warned you: fee-shifting was coming to patent cases one way or another. The Supreme Court took care of the issue in Octane. This was the first case to face the fallout.
- Supreme Court Grants Cert. in Teva v. Sandoz Patent Case -- Nothing to see here. Just a $3 billion generic drug patent case.
- Judge Randall R. Rader Resigns as Chief of Federal Circuit -- And we're back to Ex-Chief Judge Randall R. Rader, who resigned after getting a little too friendly with a member of the Federal Circuit bar.
What was your favorite story of the year from the Federal Circuit? Tweet us @FindLawLP.