One Judge’s Historical View of a Changing Patent World
Good morning. Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today at this conference on patent law. Your invitation stated that I might speak on any relevant topics of my choosing, such as recent trends or developments in case law. But what I choose to speak on are not trends or developments in case law, but all the changes that have occurred in the patent world during my career as a patent attorney and judge. I will interpret the recent trends language loosely and translate “recent” to mean the entire period of time I have been in the patent profession, which has been fifty-four years. After all, the patent system began in this country in 1790, not counting state patent laws, so fifty-four years in the life of the patent system can be viewed as “recent.” What is striking to me as I look back on that period of time is how much has changed.
Alan D. Lourie
Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
These remarks were presented at the Georgetown-Berkeley Tenth Annual Conference on Patent Law & Policy on November 16, 2018.