The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday set the stage for a landmark decision on the patentability of 21st century creations from software to biotech an issue on which Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor could make a significant difference if confirmed. Justices agreed to review the case Bilski v. Doll, a challenge to a ruling last fall by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit that narrowed the patentability of so-called "business methods," shorthand for a broad range of processes not tied to manufacturing.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit met en banc Friday afternoon to examine a hot button issue in the intellectual property world: whether patents on processes are protected by a law that says a company can be held liable for infringement for exporting the components of an invention patented in the United States to be manufactured abroad.
Supreme Court Roundtable
Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro and a panel of distinguished Supreme Court practitioners, each of whom argued one or more cases in the 2008-09 Supreme Court term, analyze the changes in the Court this term, the strategies of the lawyers who won and lost, and the outlook for the 09-10term. Monday, July 6 Georgetown Univ. Law Center. Call 202-828-0362 or click here for information to attend.
A coalition of news organizations and Guantanamo lawyers won a round in federal court this morning, when a judge rejected the government's request to seal hundreds of unclassified documents.
On Monday the White House released a joint letter signed by 45 Sotomayor clerks and sent to leaders and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Late Friday, White House ethics counsel Norman Eisen posted an update on the White House blog, expanding the administration's restrictions on lobbying for stimulus money beyond federally registered lobbyists to all persons pushing for funding.
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