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US Supreme Court: Government is not a person who can challenge patents

Max Walters, London


Lawyers say this keenly-awaited Supreme Court decision clarifies that long standing precedent has not been overcome in a case where the postal service attempted to challenge a patent under the America Invents Act on the grounds that it was a person

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In the culmination of a 13-year dispute focusing on the interpretation of the 2011 America Invents Act, the US Supreme Court clarified yesterday that a government agency cannot challenge patents at the USPTO because it cannot be considered to be...


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