Patently-O Bits and Bytes No. 45 – Confidential Court Documents

  • Prior Art Blog updates us on Orion IP’s battle against online automobile retailers. [Spangenberg must pay $3.8 million in legal fees]
  • Mullin – operator of the Prior Art Blog – may agree with the outcome of the case, but faults W.D.Wisc. Judge Crabb for keeping nearly every filed document under seal. “For three months now [Judge] Crabb has operated a secret, closed court; I’ve read through hundreds of patent dockets and I’ve never seen anything like it.” [Updated June 20]
  • A recent study by Federal Judicial Center researcher Robert Reagan found that settlements of patent litigation are five-times more likely to be kept sealed than are settlements in other civil cases. Robert Reagan, The Hunt for Sealed Settlement Agreements, 81 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 439 (2006).
  • Stanford v. Motorola (Fed. Cir. 2008)(Non-Precedential) (“we conclude that we cannot review the district court’s order without an explanation of the basis of the court’s decision.”).

About Dennis Crouch

Law Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law. Co-director of the Center for Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship.

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