Because Supreme Court review is essentially discretionary, it is increasingly rare for the Court to hear an argument concerning Intellectual Property rights. However the Supreme Court will critically review cases that belong in one of four distinct categories. These include cases in which: (1) lower court decisions conflict, (2) lower courts have departed from accepted and usual court proceedings, (3) an important federal question is decided, and (4) lower courts have departed from Supreme Court precedent. This article provides practitioners with some guidance in determining whether the Supreme Court is likely to review a lower court decision on an Intellectual Property issue.
Matthew M. Neumeier, How the Supreme Court Decides to Review Intellectual Property Cases, 3 J. Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 19 (2003)