Assoc. Dean Rooksby signs amicus brief in U.S. Supreme Court case

Associate Dean Jacob H. Rooksby, an intellectual property law scholar, signed an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court case involving the constitutionality of an agency review process known as inter partes review (IPR), the governmental agency review of issued patents.

The court heard oral argument in the case, Oil States Energy Services v. Greene's Energy Group, on Nov. 27, 2018.

The agency that conducts the IPR reviews - and grants patent rights to begin with - the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), during the process can invalidate one or more claims in issued patents. Detractors say that these reviews are unconstitutional, on the theory that only an Article III court can invalidate a patent.

Rooksby is one of the law professors who signed the amicus brief in support of the constitutionality of IPRs.

In related news, Rooksby's 2013 Yale Journal of Law & Technology article was cited in a different amicus brief filed by the University of New Mexico.

 Review the amicus brief written by law professors from across the country.

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