According to a recent report, the U.S. Supreme Court's current docket includes a record number of cases regarding intellectual property. The rulings on these intellectual property cases, which involve six disputes regarding patents and two regarding copyrights, may have an effect on businesses across the country, including Tennessee.
The court's current focus on business law may reflect the interests of Chief Justice Roberts, who has overseen a number of rulings made on the increasing complexities that accompany expedited technological growth and innovation. The renewed focus on intellectual property issues might also be a reaction to increased litigation of such cases in lower courts, particularly involving patents related to software. Such cases, which involve patent-holding companies about 19 percent of the time, is often the focus of the other branches of government who attempt to pass legislation that decreases litigation while increasing innovation.