The 'Almighty' Federal Circuit? Evolving Patent Policy & Jurisprudence

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Has the importance of the patent system on the U.S. economy propelled the Federal Circuit to be, de facto, the most powerful court of the land?

The Federal Circuit, with its fifteen learned judges, by virtue of the fact that it has exclusive appellate jurisdiction for U.S. patent law appeals, has been catapulted to superstar and perhaps unprecedented legal status, holding within its grasp the authority to profoundly affect a growing area of law which serves as a primary driver of U.S. innovation and economic growth.

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