Judge Wood Proposes Changing Jurisdiction for Patent Cases

, Corporate Counsel


Judge Diane Wood, who on Tuesday became chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, proposed in a speech that the U.S. abolish the Federal Circuit's exclusive jurisdiction in patent cases.

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  • Forumshoppe

    Uniformity in patent law because the CAFC has strengthened the patent system and helped the US remain a technological leader. Having a bunch of dysfunctional and schizophrenic circuit courts, with no scientific background, or expertise, reaching conflicting conclusions only means the uncertainty of legal roulette, where your patent is valid is appealed in one circuit and invalid if appealed in another circuit, These bozos cant even agree on the same standards for an injunction, and she wants them to go off on tangents for patent law? Time to make federal judges retire by 55 years old, and no lifetime salary.

  • joseph dreitler

    Virtually every industrialized country in the world has specialized courts - trial and appellate - staffed with judges who have technical backgrounds to deal with all intellectual property cases (without juries). This suggestion is that the US needs to go back in time and have every circuit again create its own conflicting body of patent law in this global economy? We need more judges deciding cases from the beginning with technical backgrounds, not fewer. Indeed, let the forum shopping begin.

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  • uvwxyz

    Let the forum shopping begin!

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