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Ivy League Judges Have Highest Affirmance Rates for Patent Decisions

According to a study by LegalMetric, "judges with at least 100 patent cases have an affirmance rate on appeal that is identical to the affirmance rate for all judges in patent cases (60% in this sample of over 1400 appeals)." However, the review also found that educational background of the judge does seem to make a difference in results on appeal. "Judges with B.S. or M.S. degrees have a significantly higher affirmance rate on appeal (67%). The only judges tested with a higher affirmance rate were those with Ivy League degrees (71%)."
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