I’m now licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (the “District”), which is known for having one of the fastest patent dockets in the country. This venue is also considered to be one of the more pro-patentee locations around, which means that many patent owners choose to bring suit in the District. With this license, I’m now just an hour away from one of America’s favorite patent litigation forums.
One of the reasons the District handles a large patent docket so efficiently are the Local Patent Rules. These Patent Rules set forth a timeline for specific tasks, unique to patent litigation, that must be performed before a patent case can be tried to a jury. Having tried patent cases without the benefit of a schedule that requires an opposing party to act, I know I’ll be asking other courts to adopt these rules in future patent cases not situated in the District.