How the JPML Can Benefit from the Federal Circuit and Vice-Versa

38 Pages Posted: 30 Dec 2012 Last revised: 11 Sep 2017

Date Written: December 30, 2012


This article posits that the JPML and Federal Circuit, despite their range of differences, can benefit from one another and remedy each other’s complex institutional challenges. The Federal Circuit can eliminate the unfairness in multidistrict litigation practice and can guide multidistrict litigation by providing uniform federal precedent. Multidistrict litigation, which is as procedurally complex as it is substantively broad, can enable the Federal Circuit to speak on non-patent law and can position the circuit to see more clearly how patents affect the overall economy. Through these mutual benefits, these institutions can promote justice and cost-effectiveness for each litigant in every patent action and every MDL proceeding. To that end, this article proposes that Congress vest in the Federal Circuit exclusive appellate jurisdiction over the JPML and MDL courts.

Keywords: JPML, Federal Circuit, intellectual property, courts, Federal Jurisdiction

JEL Classification: O34, K40

Suggested Citation

Nofal, Christopher Paul, How the JPML Can Benefit from the Federal Circuit and Vice-Versa (December 30, 2012). IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review, Vol. 52, No. 3, 2012, Available at SSRN:

Christopher Paul Nofal (Contact Author)

Northwestern University School of Law ( email )

375 East Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States


University of Florida College of Engineering ( email )

303 Weil Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-6595
United States

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