It is one again time to take a moment to look back on the year that was, reflecting on the biggest, most impactful moments of 2017. For us that means looking backward and assessing the biggest moments and key events in the world of intellectual property.
Each year I look back on my own writings and publish the top 10 patent stories for 2018, which this year featured new PTO Director unafraid to say it like it really is, an active Supreme Court, and reforms to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Each year I also ask a panel of industry experts for their insights for our Biggest Moments in IP series, which is the longest running series on IPWatchdog.com. This year you will see there is near unanimity that the Supreme Court’s decisions in Oil States Energy v. Greene’s Energy Group, 138 S.Ct. 1365 (2018) was among the most significant events of the year. Several also point to the Federal Circuit’s decisions in Berkheimer v. HP Inc., 881 F.3d 1360 (Fed. Cir. 2018) and Aatrix Software v. Green Shades Software, 882 F.3d 1121 (Fed. Cir. 2018), the impact Director Iancu has had on the USPTO and the patent system, and Congress passing the The Music Modernization Act. Beyond those events, there were others identified by this diverse panel that might have gone unnoticed if we were to focus only on the top-line events of the year.
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