Arguing Takings of IP Rights is, Sadly, a Losing Proposition

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The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment states that private property “shall not be taken for public use, without just compensation.”[1]  Intellectual property rights – patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other IP – have long been considered property rights.  This belief, however, has been tested by the Supreme Court’s reluctance to specifically define IP as a …

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Fed Circuit Watch: IPRs Not Unconstitutional Taking Under Fifth Amendment

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Many cases have been heard before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit dealing with substantive patent issues, like questions involving anticipation under 35 U.S.C. §102, obviousness under 35 U.S.C §103, or patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. §101.  Constitutional issues have been rare, with the exception of Oil States which questioned the constitutionality …

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