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United States v. Arthrex Inc.

Consolidated with:

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
19-1434 Fed. Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD OT 2020

Issues: (1) Whether, for purposes of the Constitution’s appointments clause, administrative patent judges of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are principal officers who must be appointed by the president with the Senate’s advice and consent, or “inferior Officers” whose appointment Congress has permissibly vested in a department head; and (2) whether, if administrative patent judges are principal officers, the court of appeals properly cured any appointments clause defect in the current statutory scheme prospectively by severing the application of 5 U.S.C. § 7513(a) to those judges.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Jun 25 2020Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due July 29, 2020)
Jul 20 2020Blanket Consent filed by Respondents, Smith & Nephew, Inc., et al.VIDED
Jul 20 2020Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, Arthrex, Inc.VIDED
Jul 20 2020Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, United States VIDED
Jul 22 2020Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, Polaris Innovations Limited VIDED
Jul 23 2020Brief of respondents Smith & Nephew, Inc., et al. filed. VIDED
Jul 24 2020Response to petition from respondent Arthrex, Inc. filed. VIDED.
Jul 29 2020Brief amicus curiae of Askeladden L.L.C. filed.
Jul 29 2020Brief amicus curiae of The New York Intellectual Property Law Association filed. VIDED.
Aug 12 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 9/29/2020.
Oct 05 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/9/2020.
Oct 13 2020Petition GRANTED as to Federal Circuit case No. 2018-2140, and the petitions for writs of certiorari in Nos. 19-1452 and 19-1458 are granted, all limited to Questions 1 and 2 as set forth in the July 22, 2020 Memorandum for the United States. The cases are consolidated, and a total of one hour is allotted for oral argument. VIDED.
Oct 13 2020Because the Court has consolidated these cases for briefing and oral argument, future filings and activity in the cases will now be reflected on the docket of No. 19-1434. Subsequent filings in these cases must therefore be submitted through the electronic filing system in No. 19-1434. Each document submitted in connection with one or more of these cases must include on its cover the case number and caption for each case in which the filing is intended to be submitted. Where a filing is submitted in fewer than all of the cases, the docket entry will reflect the case number(s) in which the filing is submitted; a document filed in all of the consolidated cases will be noted as “VIDED.”
Oct 21 2020Petitioners in Nos. 19-1434 and 19-1452 shall each file an opening brief, limited to 13,000 words, on or before Wednesday, November 25, 2020. Amicus curiae briefs in support of petitioners in Nos. 19-1434 or 19-1452, or in support of no party, shall be filed on or before Wednesday, December 2, 2020, and the briefs shall bear a light green cover. Petitioner in No. 19-1458 shall file a consolidated opening and response brief, limited to 17,000 words, on or before Wednesday, December 23, 2020. Amicus curiae briefs in support of petitioner in No. 19-1458 shall be filed on or before Wednesday, December 30, 2020, and the briefs shall bear a dark green cover. Petitioners in Nos. 19-1434 and 19-1452 shall each file a consolidated response and reply brief, limited to 14,500 words, on or before Friday, January 22, 2021. Petitioner in No. 19-1458 shall file a reply brief, limited to 6,000 words, pursuant to Rule 25.3 of the Rules of this Court. VIDED.
Oct 23 2020Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by the United States. VIDED.
Oct 28 2020Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, Smith & Nephew, Inc., et al.
Oct 29 2020Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, Arthrex, Inc.
Nov 03 2020Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, United States
Nov 09 2020Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by the United States GRANTED. VIDED.
Nov 25 2020Brief of petitioner United States filed. VIDED.
Nov 25 2020Brief of Smith & Nephew, Inc., et al. submitted.
 
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