A recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court most likely has those in the technology and pharmaceutical industries applauding the court. Texas readers might already be aware that companies like Apple have complained for several years now that patent holders enjoyed too much protection from the patent law. The court's recent ruling could change that.
The case surrounded the legality of a system instituted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that simplifies the ability of companies to challenge so-called "bad patents" without the need to spend millions of dollars -- and often years -- in court. The challenge requested more judicial oversight of the system and a change in the standard used to cancel patents. The court did not find any reason to substantiate its review of the system, which lends more credence to the current system that some patent holders find includes an overly broad review standard.
Apple was just one of the several technology companies that submitted briefs to the court regarding the case upon which the challenge was based. However, it was not just the tech industry that has been watching the case and could benefit from this ruling. The pharmaceutical industry was also keeping a close eye on the case as well.
Patent law attorneys here in Texas have been monitoring this case as well. For patent holders here in the state, this ruling could make it more of a challenge to keep their patents. This only bolsters the need for them not to attempt to go up against large corporations or the Patent Office alone since one misstep in the process could cause a patent to be cancelled.
Source: Fortune, "Supreme Court Upholds Patent Review System in Big Win for Tech Industry", Jeff John Roberts, June 20, 2016