Most attorneys have heard of arbitration, but few have more than a vague idea of what it is or have any experience with it. Patent attorneys are no exception, and many are no doubt wondering about the implications of §294. It was enacted in August of 1982, and went into effect in February 1983: Why was it needed and passed, and what does it mean?
IDEA: The Journal of Law and Technology
Thomas G. Field, Jr., "Patent Arbitration: Past, Present and Future," 24 IDEA 235 (1984).