The media has been flooded lately with the “top stories of the year” and “year in review” features typical of late December and early January. Over the last couple weeks, I’ve read several of these stories on topics ranging from business and finance to local politics to college and professional sports. All of this reflecting prompted me to consider 2005 from a patent law perspective and to wonder about the top story of the year.

I asked the editors if they would humor me and allow me to write a “year in review” article including a highly subjective selection of the top story for 2005. They agreed and I started reflecting.

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