The Federal Circuit’s newest judge was sworn-in today. Todd M. Hughes was sworn-in by Chief Judge Rader using the Lincoln Bible (which appears to have taken up residence at the Federal Circuit of late) while his mother and father looked on.
Archive for September, 2013
The Federal Circuit sat en banc today to hear the oral argument in Lighting Ballast Control LLC v. Philips Electronics North America. You can listen to the en banc oral argument [here].
The PTO has published statistics relating to the new AIA procedures of Inter Partes Review, Covered Business Method Review, Post-Grant Review, and Derivation Proceedings. You can access the statistics here: [Link]. It is interesting that one post-grant review petition has already been filed. A post-grant review must be directed against a patent that was filed after March 15, 2013. My understanding is that the particular patent at issue is a design patent. Also noteworthy is that at least one derivation petition has already been filed.