From our private database of 26,900+ case briefs...
SAS Institute, Inc. v. Iancu
United States Supreme Court
138 S. Ct. 1348 (2018)
SAS Institute, Inc. (SAS) (plaintiff) sought an inter partes review of a software patent owned by ComplementSoft. SAS alleged that all 13 of the patent’s claims were unpatentable. The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (the board) (defendant) instituted review on only some claims and denied review on the rest. The board argued that it had the authority to conduct a partial review based on a regulation enacted by the Patent Office. The board claimed that although it may have had to decide every claim challenged by SAS, the board was not required to bring every claim into the review process. The board argued that because the statutory language required it to evaluate claims individually, it was also entitled to institute review on a claim-by-claim basis. SAS sought review in the Federal Circuit, arguing that 35 U.S.C. § 318(a) required the board to decide the patentability of every claim SAS challenged in its petition. The Federal Circuit rejected SAS’s argument. The Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Gorsuch, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 541,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 541,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 26,900 briefs, keyed to 983 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.