Over the years, the most requested new feature, by far, is coverage for appeals of patent cases. For more than two years, the Docket Navigator team has been busy working behind the scenes building database architecture, gathering court of appeals data, curating the data as we have for lower court cases, and then connecting all of the new data with the lower court data. It has been a big effort, and there is more to do, but we are pleased to announce the Beta release of Phase 1 (of 3) in October.
The Patent Appeals data is extremely granular, matching the depth and scope of the data for U.S. district court cases, the ITC and the PTAB. The Patent Appeals data allows you to track cases, damage awards, injunctions, orders, patent determinations, case outcomes, claim constructions, etc. through the appeals process including remands, multiple appeals and eventually the Supreme Court. You will be able to conduct nearly any search, using the same user interface you’ve been using, and instantly see whether the search results were subject to appeal and, if so, the outcome on appeal. Coverage will include appealed patent cases from U.S. district courts, the Court of Federal Claims, the PTAB and the ITC.