U.S. Supreme Court to hear challenge to influential patent court

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to rule whether more than 100 technology disputes should be heard because judges were unconstitutionally appointed to a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tribunal in a case arising from a medical device patent challenge.

The judges said they would review a 2019 lower court decision that found a “constitutional flaw” in the way judges on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board are appointed. The move came in an appeal by Florida-based private medical device company Arthrex against a three-judge patent court ruling that struck down part of one of its patents. which had been contested by its British rival Smith & Nephew PLC.

Reporting by Jan Wolfe; edited by Grant McCool

Original © Thomson Reuters Corporation

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