Supreme Court to Hear Case on Inter Partes Patent Reviews

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether a federal administrative process frequently used by technology companies to ward off patent infringement lawsuits violates the constitutional rights of patent owners. The justices agreed to hear an appeal by Houston-based oilfield services company Oil States International Inc of a lower court's ruling upholding a proceeding called inter partes review in which the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can cancel patents the agency previously granted.