Tafas v. Dudas (Fed. Cir. 2008).
- CAFC Appeal: PTO General Counsel James Toupin has reportedly indicated that the PTO will appeal the ruling to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC). On average, CAFC appeals take over one year. The average is raised for “important” cases where or caess where precedential opinions are issued. However, there is a large variance between timing of the various judges. When on the panel, a couple of CAFC judges tend to greatly increase the expected time to judgment.
- Patent Reform: The pending Patent Reform Act includes language that would provide substantive rulemaking authority to the PTO. That provision would directly overrule yesterday’s decision. [UPDATE: To clarify, the version passed by the House (H.1908) includes additional regulatory authority. That portion is not in the current Senate bill.]