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FOIA Documents

From time to time, the Federal Courts seek the input of the U.S. Government in cases in which the United States is not a party. In such cases, the United States usually files an "amicus curiae" or "friend of the court" brief, explaining the government's position on the issues. The following are links to amicus briefs in intellectual property cases in which the USPTO participated in formulating the government's position. These briefs, which were filed in either the United States Supreme Court or the United States Courts of Appeals, provide a record of the positions the government has taken in intellectual property litigation.

Amicus Briefs
Fiscal Year Case Number Court Title
2019 19-1147 Federal Circuit BTG Int'l v. Amneal Pharms. (AIA, IPR, estoppel, stay)
2019 18-1400 Federal Circuit Facebook v. Windy City Innovations (AIA, deference, joinder)
2019 18-1150 Supreme Court State of Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org (Copyright, State, Work-made-for-hire)
2019 18-956 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Google v. Oracle (copyright, original software code)
2019 18-600 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions v. Renesas Electronics America (infringement, offer to sell, outside the U.S.)
2019 18-109 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Ariosa v. Illumina (provisional application, prior art date)
2019 17-571 Supreme Court Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street (copyright, cause of action, registration)
2019 17-1686 Brief on Writ Supreme Court RPX v. ChanBond (AIA, IPR, appellate standing)
2019 17-1625 Supreme Court Rimini v. Oracle (copyright, prevailing party, full costs)
2018 17-1229 Supreme Court Helsinn v. Teva (AIA on sale bar)
2018 16-1102 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Samsung v. Apple II (jury instruction, obviousness, standard of review, permanent injunction, infringement)
2018 16-1011 Brief on Writ Supreme Court WesternGeco v. ION Geophysical (damages, lost profits, outside the U.S.)
2018 16-1011 Supreme Court WesternGeco v. ION Geophysical (damages, lost profits, outside the U.S.)
2018 15-571 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Fourth Estate v. Wall-Street (copyright, cause of action, registration)
2017 16-217 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Lenz v. Universal Music Corp. (copyright infringement, safe harbor)
2017 15-1189 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Impression Prods. v. Lexmark Int'l (first sale doctrine, exhaustion)
2017 15-1039 Supreme Court Sandoz v. Amgen (Biologics products, FDA)
2016 16-1284 Federal Circuit Helsinn v. Teva (AIA on sale bar)
2016 15-866 Supreme Court Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands (copyright eligibility)
2016 15-777 Supreme Court Samsung v. Apple I (design patent, components, damages for infringement)
2016 15-375 Supreme Court Kirtsaeng v. Wiley (copyright attorney fees)
2016 14-1771 Rehearing Federal Circuit Ethicon v. Covidien (AIA delegation)
2016 14-1538 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Life Technologies v. Promega (induced infringement)
2016 14-1538 Supreme Court Life Technologies v. Promega (induced infringement)
2016 14-1513 Supreme Court Halo v. Pulse (enhanced damages)
2016 14-1469 Rehearing Federal Circuit Medicines Company v. Hospira (pre-AIA on sale bar)
2015 15-1574 Federal Circuit Immersion v. HTC (continuations)
2015 14-448 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Google v. Vederi (construing amended claims)
2015 14-410 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Google v. Oracle (copyright, original software code)
2015 14-1854 Federal Circuit Astornet v. Bae Systems (jurisdiction)
2015 14-1617 Federal Circuit Lexmark v. Impression (post-sale restrictions)
2015 14-1274 Federal Circuit Momenta v. Teva (FDA drug approval)
2015 13-896 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Commil v. Cisco (induced infringement)
2015 13-896 Supreme Court Commil v. Cisco (induced infringement)
2015 13-720 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Kimble v. Marvel (patent licensing expiration)
2015 13-720 Supreme Court Kimble v. Marvel (patent licensing expiration)
2015 13-352 Supreme Court B&B Hardware v. Hargis (trademark, judicial deference to agency action)
2015 12-1170 Federal Circuit Suprema v. ITC (induced infringement)
2014 13-854 Supreme Court Teva v. Sandoz (claim construction)
2014 13-461 Supreme Court ABC v. Aereo (copyright, public performance)
2014 13-369 Supreme Court Nautilus v. Biosig (indefiniteness)
2014 13-352 Brief on Writ Supreme Court B&B Hardware v. Hargis (trademark, judicial deference to agency action)
2014 13-298 Supreme Court CLS Bank v. Alice Corp. (patent eligibility)
2014 13-1211 Supreme Court Hana Financial v. Hana Bank (trademark tacking)
2014 12-786 Supreme Court Limelight v. Akamai (induced infringement)
2014 12-786 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Limelight v. Akamai (divided and induced infringement)
2014 12-761 Supreme Court Pom Wonderful v. Coca-Cola (trademark, FDA labelling)
2014 12-1315 Supreme Court Petralla v. MGM (copyright, laches)
2014 12-1184 Supreme Court Octane Fitness v. Icon Health (willfulness)
2014 12-1163 Supreme Court Highmark v. Allcare Health (attorney fees)
2013 12-1548 Federal Circuit Apple v. Motorola (patent injunction)
2013 12-1128 Supreme Court Medtronic v. Boston Scientific (licensing)
2013 12-1086 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Sony v. 1st Media (inequitable conduct)
2013 12-1014 Rehearing Federal Circuit Lighting Ballast v. Philips Electronics (claim construction)
2013 11-796 Supreme Court Bowman v. Monsanto (plant seeds)
2013 11-1363 Federal Circuit Bosch v. Pylon (finality of judgment)
2013 11-1154 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Retractable Technologies v. Becton Dickinson (claim construction)
2013 11-1078 Brief on Writ Supreme Court GlaxoSmithKline v. Classen (drug infringement)
2012 12-1183 Federal Circuit Ritz Camera v. San Disk Corp. (antitrust, patent procured by fraud)
2012 11-982 Supreme Court Already v. Nike (trademark, covenant not to sue)
2012 11-697 Supreme Court Kirtsaeng v. Wiley (copyright, importation of works)
2012 11-301 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Saint-Gobain v. Siemens (doctrine of equivalents)
2012 11-1301 Rehearing Federal Circuit CLS Bank v. Alice Corp. (patent eligibility)
2011 10-844 Supreme Court Caraco v. Novo (new drug application)
2011 10-426 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Applera v. Enzo Biochem (indefiniteness)
2011 10-290 Supreme Court Microsoft v. i4i (presumption of validity)
2011 10-1150 Supreme Court Mayo v. Prometheus (patent eligibility)
2011 09-1159 Supreme Court Stanford v. Roche Molecular (federally-funded invention)
2010 10-844 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Caraco v. Novo (new drug application)
2010 09-412 Brief on Writ Supreme Court SMC v. Norgren (ITC)
2010 08-1511 Rehearing Federal Circuit Therasense v. Becton Dickinson (inequitable conduct)
2010 08-1423 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Costco v. Omega (copyright, importation of works)
2010 08-1248 Rehearing Federal Circuit Ariad v. Eli Lilly (written description)
2009 08-103 Supreme Court Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick (copyright, federal court jurisdiction)
2008 08-1016 Federal Circuit Aristocrat v. IGT (unintentional abandonment)
2008 06-937 Supreme Court Quanta Computer v. LG Electronics (patent licensee exhaustion)
2007 06-937 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Quanta Computer v. LG Electronics (patent licensee exhaustion)
2007 05-1056 Supreme Court Microsoft v. AT&T (induced infringement)
2006 05-608 Supreme Court MedImmune v. Genentech (declaratory judgment)
2006 05-489 Brief on Writ Supreme Court SmithKline Beecham v. Apotex (anticipation)
2006 05-130 Supreme Court eBay v. MercExchange (injunction)
2006 05-1056 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Microsoft v. AT&T (induced infringement)
2006 04-1350 Supreme Court KSR v. Teleflex (obviousness)
2005 05-1238 Federal Circuit Voda v. Cordis (foreign patent infringement)
2005 04-607 Supreme Court LabCorp v. Metabolite (patent eligibility)
2005 04-607 Brief on Writ Supreme Court LabCorp v. Metabolite (patent eligibility)
2005 04-293 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Honeywell v. Hamilton Sundstrand (prosecution history estoppel)
2005 04-1329 Supreme Court Illinois Tool v. Independent Ink (antitrust-patent)
2005 04-1278 Federal Circuit McKechnie v. Lacks (jurisdiction)
2004 03-409 Supreme Court KP Permanent v. Lasting Impression (trademark, fair use defense)
2004 03-1269 Rehearing Federal Circuit Phillips v. AWH (claim construction)
2003 02-429 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Dethmers v. Automatic Equipment (reissue)
2003 02-428 Supreme Court Dastar v. Twentieth Century Fox (trademark, copying of works)
2003 02-39 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Micrel v. Linear (on sale bar)
2003 02-355 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Southern Building Code v. Veeck (copyright on municipal building codes)
2003 02-197 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Monsanto v. Bayer CropScience (licensing)
2003 02-1610 Federal Circuit Eli Lilly v. Univ. of Washington (interference)
2003 02-1610 Rehearing Federal Circuit Eli Lilly v. Univ. of Washington (interference)
2003 02-1243 Third Circuit Southco v. Kanebridge (copyright on part numbers)
2003 02-1007 Brief on Writ Supreme Court Duke University v. Madey (experimental use)
2002 01-1230 Rehearing Federal Circuit Enzo v. Gen-Probe (written description)
2002 01-1015 Supreme Court Victor's Little Secret v. Victoria Secret (trademark dilution)
2002 00-1114 Rehearing Federal Circuit Dethmers v. Automatic Equipment (reissue)
2001 00-1543 Supreme Court Festo v. Shoketsu (prosecution history estoppel)