This is a guest post from the Chisum Patent Academy.
Chisum and Mueller selected the following fifteen (15) cases as the most impactful of the Federal Circuit’s precedential patent law decisions issued in 2016. We excluded Supreme Court patent decisions, all of which are inherently impactful. Our remarks about each case indicate why we think it made a difference–for better or worse. Our comments, views, and opinions are strictly our own and do not reflect the views of any persons other than Chisum and Mueller.
We have listed our selections by patent law topic/issue rather than rank the cases in an overall sense. Nor did we attempt to include every disputed issue in patent law. The order of topics and the number assigned to each case within a topic does not indicate a ranking.