The Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals have less leeway to overturn patent denials by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office under a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday.

In Dickinson v. Zurko, 99 C.D.O.S. 4504, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the Federal Circuit must apply a “substantial evidence” standard in reviewing PTO decisions to reject a patent.

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