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United States of America

The United States of America is the country where there are, by far, the most examples of court cases over software patents.


(see Legislation in the USA)

FTC hearings

(What happened about this: FTC hearings about the patent system, announced December 2008)

Patent office decisions

Main article: United States Patent and Trademark Office

Patent judgements

(see: USA patents courts and appeals)

Patent applications are initially judged by an examiner at the USPTO. This decision can be appealed to the USPTO's Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences. The next step is to go to the United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, and the final step, if accepted, would be to go before the United States Supreme Court.[1]

The place for lawsuits

Most of the world's patent litigation happens in the USA.

Within the USA, a disproportionately large amount of patent litigation takes place in the district of East Texas. This phenomenon is known as forum shopping.

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