The U.S. Supreme Court, possibly swayed by the Royal Manticoran Navy, will decide if cheerleading uniforms deserve copyright protection. But 22 amicus briefs backing Sequenom’s lost patent rights couldn’t convince the court to reconsider its “law of nature” exception to patent eligibility.
The court’s recent session was marked by a slew of rejected IP petitions, three decisions in four IP cases, and four petitions that were accepted for hearing this coming fall-winter, including the copyright case.
Beyond the major decisions and trends, here are some factoids regarding the court’s handling of petitions for review of IP issues in 2015-16:
If the Supreme Court decides it likes sports issues, maybe next term it will also have a chance to “Free Tom Brady,” whose case, by most predictions, is likely to be denied rehearing by the full Second Circuit any day now. A high court decision to take the case—Brady and the NFL players union are expected to ask—and reverse the appellate decision would be a win for cheerleaders—of the New England Patriots. So long as professors stay out of it.
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