Stanford Law School patent professor Mark Lemley has become one of the most sought-after lawyers in town. Companies vie for his representation, and law conference organizers flock to sign him up as a speaker. And he has the U.S. Supreme Court to thank.

So far this term, the justices have decided to hear five patent cases, all of which could shake the basic foundation of the U.S. patent system. Not since 1966 has the high court reviewed a significant number of patent cases, and the Court’s interest is creating a flurry of work for patent attorneys such as Lemley, who is counsel in two of the five cases this term.

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