On March 21, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order list denying petitions for writs of certiorari in a pair of patent cases that had worked their way up to the nation’s highest court. In denying these petitions, the Supreme Court turns down Intel Corporation’s challenge to the NHK-Fintiv discretionary denial framework at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), while the Court also dismissed an appeal asking whether a patent infringement case can be determined to be exceptional for purposes of awarding attorney’s fees without a finding that the patent owner engaged in litigation misconduct.
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