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Sutherland Legal Alert: Some Surprises Among the Courts Selected for Patent Pilot Program

By Ann Fort and David Reed On June 7, 2011, the director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts announced that 14 district courts have been selected to participate in a 10-year pilot program to enhance expertise in patent cases among federal judges. Many of the selected districts are known for...

Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery: Northern District of Illinois Judges Assigned to Patent Pilot Project

By Allen E. Hoover UPDATE: The Northern District of Illinois has now implemented the Patent Pilot Project previously announced in June (and reported here ) and has designated the following judges to hear patent cases under this project: Chief Judge James F. Holderman Judge Ruben Castillo Judge...

Patents Post-Grant: USPTO Solicits Comments on Small Claims Court for Patent Disputes

Business-to-Business Initiative Drives Government Interest Small technology companies and start-ups face a daunting task in enforcing their intellectual property due to the cost prohibitive nature of patent litigation. In year's past academics and major bar associations would often brain storm...