The Ins and Outs of Patent Law

Patent law has evolved since enactment of the Patent Act of 1790. And, while Article I of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to enact laws relating to patents, which it did in passing the American Inventors Protection Act of 1990 and America Invents Act in 2011, recent Supreme Court decisions regarding patent law affect everything from fee shifting to interpreting the types of inventions that will survive scrutiny under the Act.