January 27, 2022
We are pleased to present Gibson Dunn’s ninth “Federal Circuit Year In Review,” providing a statistical overview and substantive summaries of the 76 precedential patent opinions issued by the Federal Circuit between August 1, 2020 and July 31, 2021. This term included significant panel decisions in patent law jurisprudence with regard to standing (ABS Global, Inc. v. Cytonome/ST, LLC, 984 F.3d 1017 (Fed. Cir. 2021) and Gen. Elec. Co. v. Raytheon Techs. Corp., 983 F.3d 1334 (Fed. Cir. 2020)); subject matter eligibility (cxLoyalty, Inc. v. Maritz Holdings Inc., 986 F.3d 1367 (Fed. Cir. 2021) and Illumina, Inc. v. Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., 967 F.3d 1319 (Fed. Cir. 2020)); venue (In re Samsung Elecs. Co., 2 F.4th 1371 (Fed. Cir. 2021) and Valeant Pharms. N. Am. LLC v. Mylan Pharms. Inc., 978 F.3d 1374 (Fed. Cir. 2020)); IPR procedures (Facebook, Inc. v. Windy City Innovations, LLC, 973 F.3d 1321 (Fed. Cir. 2020)); and public accessibility of prior art (M & K Holdings, Inc. v. Samsung Elecs. Co., 985 F.3d 1376 (Fed. Cir. 2021) and VidStream LLC v. Twitter, Inc., 981 F.3d 1060 (Fed. Cir. 2020)). Each of these decisions, as well as all other precedential decisions issued by the Federal Circuit in the 2020‒2021 term, is summarized in the Federal Circuit Year In Review.
The Year In Review provides statistical analyses of how the Federal Circuit has been deciding precedential patent cases, such as affirmance and reversal rates (overall, by issue, and by District Court), average time from lower tribunal decision to key milestones (oral argument, decision), win rate for patentee versus opponent (overall, by issue, and by District Court), decision rate by Judge (number of unanimous, majority, plurality, concurring, or dissenting opinions), and other helpful metrics. The Year In Review is an ideal resource for participants in intellectual property litigation seeking an objective report on the Court’s decisions.
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