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Sturm College of Law


Judicial transparency, Access to judicial records, Access to patent litigation


By focusing on a single high profile patent case, Monsanto v. DuPont, this article explores the problem of transparency in patent litigation from two perspectives. First, this article provides metrics for understanding the nature and quantity of documents that were filed under seal in the Monsanto case. Second, this article scrutinizes particular aspects of the case to provide a more nuanced understanding of what the public cannot see. Although primarily descriptive, this article critically analyzes the sealing of so many documents by questioning the level of judicial oversight applied in decisions to seal court filings. It then goes on to challenge the justifications for sealing many specific documents.

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Copyright is held by the author. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Originally publihed as Bernard Chao & Derigan Silver, A Case Study in Patent Litigation Transparency, 2014 J. Disp. Resol. 83 (2014).