Appointments of United States Patent and Trademark Office Administrative Patent Judges

The Solicitor General, on behalf of the United States, petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States for a writ of certiorari to review the judgments of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the following two cases: Arthrex, Inc. v. Smith & Nephew, Inc. and Polaris Innovations Limited v. Kingston Technology Company, Inc. These two cases concern whether, under the Appointments Clause, U.S. Const. art. II, Section 2, Clause 2, administrative patent judges of the United States Patent and Trademark Office are principal officers who must be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, or inferior officers whose appointment Congress may vest in a department head.

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