35 U.S.C. 285, Attorney fees Last updated in November 2011. Effective Date for Section | Section Index | All-Sections | Patent Section of BitLaw Redline Clean Version (after AIA) Original (before AIA) Previous Section (§284) | Next Section (§286) 35 U.S.C. 285 Attorney fees. The court in exceptional cases may award reasonable attorney fees to the prevailing party.