September 5, 2017 / 12:06 PM / a year ago

Law professors urge Supreme Court to strike down patent review system

By Jan Wolfe A group of 27 law professors on Thursday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to end an administrative process frequently used to invalidate patents, saying patents are a type of private property that can’t be extinguished without a jury trial.

The law professors submitted an amicus brief in support of the oilfield services company Oil States International, which persuaded the high court to hear arguments later this year that inter partes review, a process for reviewing patents conducted by the Patent and Trademark Office, violates the Seventh Amendment right to a jury trial.

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