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October 18, 2012
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On Bowman and How US Courts Work
A Copyfight reader responded to yesterday's story about Bowman v Monsanto to say that he believes SCOTUS will reverse in this case. The reason is that unlike Circuit courts, which can disagree with each other on a matter that SCOTUS must then settle, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) is the binding decision body for patent matters. Its decisions have precedential weight; therefore, if SCOTUS simply wanted to affirm that CAFC was right in this case there was no reason to grant cert. Since they took the case, ipso facto, one is led to believe they intend to reverse. That may still not happen since only 4 Justices' votes are needed to grant cert and 5 votes are needed for a majority, but it's the way this reader is betting.
posted by Alan Wexelblat |
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