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Guest Post – A New Proposal for Federal Circuit and Patent Jurisdiction

Christa Laser is a professor at Cleveland State University College of Law, where she teaches intellectual property, innovation law, and other topics. Her research includes topics of patent law, federal courts, and civil procedure. She was previously a patent trial and appellate litigator at the law firms Kirkland & Ellis and WilmerHale. In the following guest blog post, she discusses her recently published article, Rethinking Patent Law’s Exclusive Appellate Jurisdiction. In this article, she proposes radical changes to the Federal Circuit’s jurisdiction: retaining the Federal Circuit for some appeals but, notably, returning appeals from district courts in patent cases back to the regional circuits. She also urges adoption of the Hruska Commission’s National Court of Appeals, sitting between the Supreme Court and regional circuits.

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