Thursday, October 8, 2009

U.S. District Court in Chicago Adopts New Rules to Speed Resolution of Patent Cases

The United States District Court in Chicago has adopted new local rules designed to encourage resolution of patent cases within two years rather than the current four-year timetable that average patent cases are on.  The National Law Journal reports here on the new rules, summarizing them as follows:

The new rules require parties to provide more detailed allegations of infringement, non-infringement and invalidity earlier in the case, getting to a "final statement of contentions" within "a reasonable period for fact discovery." They also call for a standard protective order from the outset of proceedings to keep certain aspects of the litigation confidential, alleviating the need for lawyers' usual negotiation of such an order.


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