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Patent Law: A Beginner's Guide

Patent Cases (Administrative and Judicial)

If the denial of a patent application is appealed, or if there is “interference” (the term for a “contest…between an application and either another application or a patent”), a patent application will likely be reviewed by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (previously known as the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, or the BPAI). While many of these cases can be found in subscription databases like Westlaw and Nexis Uni, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) offers links to cases it considers precedential and informative on its website.

For more broad coverage of patent law cases, whether tried in administrative or federal appellate courts, patrons may want to use The United States Patents Quarterly (USPQ). The USPQ, which publishes intellectual property cases from 1929 to the present, is one of the most widely-accepted reporters in the field.


Online Resources Referenced

Resources from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Library of Congress E-Resources


Selected Print Resources