Intellectual Property Law Year in Review

In Depth


This past year the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit redefined and continued to define key aspects of intellectual property (IP) law, and the Court is showing no signs of slowing down in 2018. These cases ranged from:

  • Issues regarding proper venue to laches defenses
  • Arguments related to whether or not the inter partes review proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) are constitutional
  • Attempts to resolve the clash between longstanding trademark registration rules and the First Amendment

Answers to questions regarding the effects of Trump’s presidency and who would be appointed to the Supreme Court and USPTO are becoming clearer as we launch into 2018.

This Special Report compiles key IP cases from 2017, and provides a comprehensive reference guide for in-house counsel seeking to navigate patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright matters in the year ahead.