It can be difficult to keep straight all of the court cases which have had an impact on patents in the US. Most patent practitioners, when they talk about these cases, normally only use one of the parties of interest as a placeholder for the entire proceeding. Recently, for instance, there has been a lot of talk about KSR or eBay and for years now attorneys have talked about Graham or Benson. What cases are associated with these names? What is the significance of these particular rulings? What impact have these cases had on the ways that patents are prosecuted and have they had an influence on the value of US patents after the decision? These questions are addressed in a new infographic which looks at 30 significant court cases which had or will have an impact on US patents.
Some of the decisions covered in the graphic are still pending but will likely have a major influence on the business of patents while others were decided before the 1900’s and played a significant role in determining how patents would be filed for and used even to this day. The graphic is laid out as a timeline so the user can see when the cases occurred during the course of US patent history.
For each example the year of the decision and the court involved is provided along with a summary of what significance the case had. Finally, there is a link to Wikipedia or an alternate source where more information on the case can be found for those of you who would like to know even more about it.
The cases included are ones I chose after reviewing a number of lists which discuss various important US patent decisions including the following:
The list is based on my own personal research and should not be construed as a full or comprehensive one. A colleague of mine has already suggested that I include the Georgia-Pacific case, which established rules for establishing injunctions, for instance. I plan on updating this graphic in the future so feedback on cases which shouldn’t make the cut and others that were not included would be appreciated. Feel free to comment on this post or email me if you would like to suggest alternatives.
If the graphic is scaled to 47% it prints nicely on two sheets of US Letter paper so feel free to print a copy and display it on your desk for easy reference. Hopefully it will help you recall that MedImmune is the decision which held that a licensee retains the right to challenge a licensed patent and the right is not forfeited upon signing the license agreement the next time you hear the term mentioned.
This is the second of a series of infographics on patent related topics. The first on using US Public PAIR can be found here.
On a related note, I have been sharing some of the infographics produced by ClearViewIP as part of the collection of infographics available on the site. I found out recently from Clio Davies at ClearView that she has put up the infographics she has found on Pinterest. You can access them by clicking here. I wasn’t sure how Pinterest could be used in the patents arena but this seems like a very good use of the service.
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