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Patent Law: Federal Case Law

United States patent law research involves federal statutes, administrative materials, cases and secondary source materials. This research guide focuses primarily on federal patent law research with a particular focus on litigation.

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Federal Case Law

Federal case law is reported in the Federal Reporter and the Federal Supplement. United States Supreme Court cases are reported in the U.S. Reports, the Supreme Court Reporter and the Lawyers Edition. A principal source of reporting patent cases from all relevant courts and other bodies (such as the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences) is the United States Patents Quarterly (USPQ). Additionally, U.S. Patent Board of Appeals decisions and actions may be found on the USPTO website.

All of the reporters listed below are available in print and in electronic format.