The New World of Patents Created by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The purpose of this Article is to outline the creation of this new circuit and to analyze its position on several substantive issues. Part I discusses the origin and power of the Federal Circuit. Part II analyzes the court’s recent decisions on the issues of nonobviousness, infringement, inequitable conduct, patent misuse, and jury trials. This Article concludes that the Federal Circuit has in general performed well, but there are areas of patent law that must be refined for the court to further its intended goals.