This article was written by Finnegan partner Douglas A. Rettew
in collaboration with other panel speakers from a recent ABA conference. The article provides an overview of several recent Supreme Court opinions involving patent matters that are likely to have a lasting impact. The authors examine the details of the Quanta
, and eBay
cases, including the Court’s ruling in each and the cases’ future impact. The article concludes that the Supreme Court has exhibited a penchant for issuing broad legal precepts in some recent patent cases, which has had an effect on some analogous areas of trademark and copyright law; however, because the patent, trademark, and copyright disciplines protect different and unique intellectual property assets, the authors remind practitioners that differences among the disciplines should not be overlooked.