US Supreme Court Upholds Patent Office’s Right to Re-examine a Business’s Right to a Patent

In two decisions this month, the U.S. Supreme Court lessened the grip of patent holders slightly while also restraining the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from proceeding too quickly. Both cases dealt with the authority of the Patent Office, and, to some extent, the limits of administrative agency power. Both involved the process called “interpartes review.” Under this procedure, any individual or business can petition the Patent Office to cancel one or more claims in a patent on the grounds … Continued

Supreme Court Finds Car Dealership Advisors Exempt from Federal Overtime Rule

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled that service advisors at automobile dealerships are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The opinion was not one to attract much attention, except perhaps to a handful of employment lawyers with automobile dealerships as clients, but it was a useful reminder that federal labor laws are not as universal as many might expect. In Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, Justice Thomas reasoned that there was no reason not to consider service … Continued