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IP Litigator Discusses U.S. Supreme Court Case Questioning Whether the Government Qualifies as a “Person” under the America Invents Act

Practices: Intellectual Property Litigation, Intellectual Property, Patent Litigation, Patent Strategy, Appellate & Supreme Court

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IP litigation partner Matt Rizzolo (Washington, D.C.) examined the oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in Return Mail v. U.S. Postal Service. The case considers whether the government qualifies as a “person” who may petition to institute post-grant patent validity review proceedings under the America Invents Act. Mr. Rizzolo was quoted in a National Law Journal article published Feb. 19 that appeared in The Recorder, and in a separate Managing Intellectual Property article on Feb. 28.

Mr. Rizzolo explains that the newest Justices, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, led the charge against construing the government as a "person" under the statute, but it is not clear whether their views will form a majority opinion.

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