Supreme Court adds patent case to docket

Supreme Court adds patent case to docket

The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in a patent case on Monday. In Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit [opinion, PDF], the court will determine [SCOTUSblog materials] whether inter partes review [text], a process used by the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) [official website] to determine the validity of existing patents, violates private property rights, granted by the Constitution, by not using a jury forum. The appeals court upheld the validity of PTO’s process without opinion under Rule 36.