May 17, 2012Published Article

Local Patent Rules - Certainty and Efficiency or a Crazy Quilt of Substantive Law?


More than a decade ago, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California broke new ground by adopting the first local patent rules. Since 2001, at least twenty other district courts have adopted local patent rules, including some of the most prominent districts for litigating patent cases—the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern District of Illinois, and the District of New Jersey. Notably, however, the two well-known patent litigation “rocket dockets” have not adopted such rules—the Eastern District of Virginia and the Western District of Wisconsin.

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