September 30, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)
Fourteen years ago, the Northern District of California started an experiment: a special set of local rules to govern pretrial proceedings in patent cases. If imitation is a sign of success, then the experiment was a great success: Thirty one districts around the country have now adopted variants of the Northern District’s Patent Local Rules, and judges in other jurisdictions, such as the Central District of California, have adopted standing orders adopting the scheduling and disclosure requirements of the Patent Local Rules for their courtroom or regularly incorporate those requirements into Rule 16 scheduling orders.
Litigating under the rules can be challenging, with most courts adopting a strict approach to pre-trial disclosures that is very different from the way other civil disputes are handled under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Failure to recognize these differences and to plan ahead for complying with the rules can result in a litigant being precluded from making important substantive arguments.
Please join the chair of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP’s IP litigation group, Michael M. Carlson as he discusses:
- The potential pitfalls of practicing under Patent Local Rules
- The steps that must be taken to prepare for and comply with Patent Local Rules
- The major variations in the terms of the Patent Local Rules as adopted among the districts
The discussion will be applicable to those litigating patent cases in any district that has adopted the rules or in front of any judge who has implemented them through standing or scheduling orders.
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