Pierce Law Faculty Scholarship Series

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Congress enacted the APA in 1946 as a comprehensive statute to regulate the field of federal administrative law. In holding that the PTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (“PTO board” or “the board”) is not subject to the standards of judicial review set forth in the APA, the decision below isolates patent law from the rest of administrative law and undermines the APA’s goal of achieving consistency and uniformity in federal administrative law.

Date of Authorship for this Version

December 1998