Charles R. Hoffmann admits that he feels a bit nervous about upcoming arguments in his case before the U.S. Supreme Court tomorrow, but what makes him even more skittish is the spectre of reversing, as he sees it, some 147 years of patent law should his opponent prevail.

Since 1998, the Syosset intellectual property attorney has represented a client in Hauppauge in what many attorneys consider the most far-reaching patent case ever. And tomorrow, he and Robert Bork – yes, the former nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court and now a consultant for lawyers – will try to convince the nine justices to reverse a lower court ruling that they say will stifle ingenuity and hold attorneys to a nearly impossible standard in pursuing patents for their clients.