Petitions / Supreme Court Activity

This post summarizes recent activity at the Supreme Court in cases decided by the Federal Circuit.

Here are the details.

Granted Cases

There is no new activity to report.

Petition Cases

New Petitions

The Petitioner, Lakshmi Arunachalam, submitted yet another petition to the Supreme Court this past week in Lakshmi Arunachalam, Petitioner v. SAP America, Inc. This new petition follows the three other petitions Arunachalam submitted to the Court last week. In the petition, Arunachalam presents a total of eight different questions to be reviewed by the Supreme Court. All eight of the questions presented can be read here.

New Replies

In Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., Arthrex submitted its reply to Smith & Nephew’s and the United States’ briefs in opposition. In the reply, Arthrex further advocates for the Supreme Court’s review of both Congress’s ability to apply inter partes review retroactively to patents and the Federal Circuit’s refusal to apply “its intervening Appointments Clause Decision to this case.” Specifically, the Petitioner argues:

Respondents nowhere deny that whether Congress can apply inter partes review retroactively to patents that predate the America Invents Act is an important and recurring issue. This Court is currently considering three other petitions raising the question.

Waivers of Right to Respond

Additionally, the Supreme Court received two waivers of right to respond from respondents in two separate petitions.

Denied Petitions

The Supreme Court denied the following eight petitions this week: