Amid Patent Reform Push, Federal Circuit Sounds Ready to Relax Fee-Shifting

, The Recorder


SAN FRANCISCO — Patent litigation reform has made it halfway through Congress, and the U.S. Supreme Court is set to take up a related issue in February. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit could beat them both to the punch. And it might use a San Francisco case that U.S. District Judge Susan Illston called "acrimonious" and "disturbing"—but not worthy of an attorney fee award—as the poster child.

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