Petitions / Supreme Court Activity

Here is an update on recent activity at the Supreme Court in cases decided by the Federal Circuit. With respect to granted cases, there is no new activity to report since our last update. With respect to petitions, one new petition was filed in a patent case; a party waived its right to respond in another patent case; the government waived its right to respond in a pro se case; and the Court denied nine petitions. Here are the details. 

Granted Cases

There is no new activity to report. 

Petition Cases

New Petition

One new petition was filed with the Court in Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., a patent case. The petitioner presented the following question for review:

  • “The Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 (“FVRA”) establishes ‘the exclusive means for temporarily authorizing an acting official to perform the functions and duties’ of a vacant presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed office . . . . The question presented is: Whether the Commissioner for Patents’ exercise of the Director’s authority pursuant to an internal agency delegation violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.”

Waivers of Right to Respond

Amazon waived its right to respond in Innovation Sciences v., a patent case raising a question related to anticipatory prior art.  

The government waived its right to respond in Woods v. United States, a pro se case.


The Supreme Court denied certiorari in nine cases.