I'm pleased to announce that the video of Professor Rochelle C. Dreyfuss's delivery of the Fifth Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property at American University, Washington College of Law is now available here. The lecture is "What the Federal Circuit Can Learn from the Supreme Court -- and Vice Versa."
In her talk, Professor Dreyfuss first reviewed the history of the Federal Circuit's creation, and then analyzed why the Supreme Court has taken such increased interest in reviewing Federal Circuit decisions on substantive matters of patent law in recent years. She drew attention to the difficulties of the expert Federal Circuit, sitting between generalist trial courts and a generalist Supreme Court. You'll have to watch the video to hear her specific recommendations for both the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court. Also, be sure not to miss the lively question and answer period that followed, which closes with an eloquent comment by Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman.
An edited transcript of the lecture will be published later this year in the American University Law Review's annual review of Federal Circuit decisions.