News of the WeekPATENT LAW

Supreme Court Limits Scope of Appeals

Science  18 Jun 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5422, pp. 1903
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5422.1903a

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The U.S. Supreme Court has limited a special federal court's power to second-guess decisions by government patent examiners. Last week's 6-3 ruling disappointed many biomedical and computer companies, who say it will make it harder to appeal patent rejections. But legal experts say it will be years before the impact is clear.