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Immunity Fight Over State-Held Patents May Go to Supreme Court

July 22, 2019, 8:00 PM

The University of Minnesota’s fight to claim sovereign immunity and avoid administrative patent challenges is likely heading to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit July 22 denied the university’s request to halt a June ruling that it must defend challenges to patents covering chip and wireless technologies at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The university asked for a stay “pending the filing and disposition of a petition for writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court.”

Attorneys are closely watching whether the university will petition the high court to reconsider the...

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