Thursday, October 8, 2009
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.