Patent Bar Fears Immigration Bill
Why would a patent lawyer possibly care about an immigration-reform bill? Because it encroaches on the center of the patent bar's universe -- the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. As Legal Pad reports:
"Members of the patent bar have joined the immigration-reform debate. A bill being debated by the Senate Judiciary Committee that would transfer jurisdiction over appeals of deportation orders from the regional court of appeals to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ignited cries of protests from patent lawyers."
Even 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner joined the debate, according to Legal Pad:
"I cannot think of an area of law that is more remote from immigration than patents," Posner wrote. "No doubt the judges of the Federal Circuit can become knowledgeable about immigration law; but they will be overwhelmed by the new caseload."
I'm sure there are many lawyers who would say that Posner's point is patently obvious.
Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on March 24, 2006 at 10:31 AM | Permalink
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