The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit was born in the early 1980s as part of the drive to liberalize and reinvigorate the American economy. Its docket covers the rules guiding patents, innovation, globalization, and much of government. Are these rules impelling the economy forward or holding it back? Are the policies that we have the policies that we want? The Secret Circuit demystifies this Court's work and answers these questions.
Bruce D. Abramson received his Ph.D. from Columbia and his J.D. from Georgetown. He is the President of Informationism, Inc., a San Francisco-based consultancy that helps an international clientele understand the law, the policies, the economics, and the strategic uses of intellectual property. He has served as a member of the Computer Science faculty at the University of Southern California and as a law clerk at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is the author of Digital Phoenix: Why the Information Economy Collapsed and How It Will Rise Again (MIT Press, 2005). His blog, The Informationist, (www.theinformationist.com), contains his musings on IP, tech policy, and numerous other issues.
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Judges of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Chapter 3 Prologue Part 4 Part I: The Secret Circuit Chapter 5 Chapter 1: A Court is Born Chapter 6 Chapter 2: Conservative Liberalism Part 7 Part II: The Patent Court Chapter 8 Chapter 3: From Pilgrims to Progress Chapter 9 Chapter 4: The Main Tent Chapter 10 Chapter 5: From Cutting Edge to Front Page Chapter 11 Chapter 6: Innovation Regulation Part 12 Part III: Not Just the Patent Court Chapter 13 Chapter 7: Are We Poor Enough Yet? Chapter 14 Chapter 8: Looking Forward Chapter 15 Chapter 9: It's Good to be the Government Chapter 16 Chapter 10: The Divine Dignity of the Infringer Part 17 Part IV: The Circuit's Secrets Chapter 18 Chapter 11: Peripheral Vision Chapter 19 Chapter 12: Dawn of the Digital Millennium Chapter 20 Chapter 13: Sherman's March Chapter 21 Chapter 14: Misuse Abuse Chapter 22 Chapter 15: The Permanent Experiment