Washington, D.C., partner Bob Stoll contributed to an article in IP Watchdog, titled, “What Mattered in 2014: Reflecting on the Biggest Moments in IP.”
Bob discussed a few of IP’s most influential cases over the past year. In particular, he listed the Supreme Court’s decision on subject matter patent eligibility in CLS Bank v Alice, and how the Alice decision was particularly meaningful in Prometheus and Myriad, which limited patentable subject matter eligibility in the life sciences areas. His listed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision not to bring the patent reform bill to the floor of the Senate, even after the bill passed overwhelmingly in the House. And lastly he listed President Obama’s nomination of Kara Farnandez Stoll to serve on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
He noted that as we approach 2015, it is clear that there will be no “uneventful” years in the future of patent law. Given the tremendous value of patents to the U.S. economy, it’s hardly surprising that an ever-growing cadre of patent lobbyists, pundits, reporters and “experts” spent 2014 discussing patent policy.
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