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Patents: Decisions

Where to Find Decisions on Patent Law

Historical Decisions

Final Decisions of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences


Chisum Case Reporter on Patents - This is a reporter containing patent law decisions and can be found in the General Collection, Call Number: KF3114 .C472. You may also search the reporter via LexisNexis. (subscription required)

Martindale-Hubbell(R) Law Digests - United State Patent Law Digest - United States Patent Law Digest is another Patent Law Digest available through LexisNexis. (subscription required)

Decision-Making Body

The Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) adjudicates disputes relating to patents. Appeals of this court's decisions are made to Federal District Courts or to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks may hear other matters by petition.

Historical Decisions

Cases on  Patentable Subject Matter

In re Bilski 130 S.Ct. 3218

Diamond v. Chakrabarty, 447 US 303

Cases on Utility

Brenner v. Manson, 383 U.S. 519

Juicy Whip v. Orange Bang, 185 F.3d 1364

Cases on Novelty

Egbert v. Lippmann, 104 U.S. 333

City of Elizabeth v. American Nicholson Pavement Co., 97 U.S. 126

Cases on Non-Obviousness

KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc., 550 U.S. 398

Graham v. John Deere Co., 383 U.S. 1

In re Dembiczak, 175 F.3d 994

In re Vaeck, 947 F.2d 488

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