Intellectual Property Outlook: Cases and Trends to Follow in 2014
By ROBERT M. MASTERS, STEVEN L. PARK, LISA Y. LEUNG & KEITH R. SYVERSON
Over the past several months, the United States Supreme Court has taken an unprecedented interest in intellectual property law, already granting certiorari in five cases. The impact of these Supreme Court cases as well as additional upcoming Federal Circuit decisions will undoubtedly change the way we advise our clients on intellectual property matters. This article highlights cases we are monitoring that present, in our view, significant issues relating to various aspects of intellectual property law. Most of these cases are pending appeal at some level, and each has the potential for considerable impact on the landscape of U.S. intellectual property law. We will also take a look at continuing trends in the intellectual property marketplace and review key legislation, including Representative Goodlatte’s Innovation Act.