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Williams Mullen: The Joinder Provision in the Patent Reform Act: Leveling the Playing Field Against Multi-Defendant NPE Suits

Editor Robert C. Van Arnam A new season is under way and some of the rules have changed. For years, defendants have been forced to play together in unscheduled away games on the Non-Practicing Entities' ("NPE") home field. That should no longer be the case. The recently...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Another "Swarm" Found Insufficient for Joinder in the Eastern District of Virginia

By Megan Rahman Following on the heels of Judge Gibney's decisions in Raw Films, Ltd. v. John Does 1-32 , Civil Action No. 3:11cv532 (October 5, 2011, amended on October 13, 2011) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], discussed here , Magistrate Judge Tommy E. Miller, in Hard...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Coach v. 356 Cybersquatters - Improper Joinder?

By Robert Angle In Coach, Inc., v. 1941 coachoutletstores.com, Civil Action No. 1:11cv309 (JCC/JFA) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers] , Coach, Inc., the well-known leather goods company, sought to enjoin 356 alleged cybersquatters - almost all of which registered domain names...

Troutman Sanders LLP: Judge Smith Severs Patent Claims Against Multiple Defendants

By Dabney Carr While the AIA bars the joinder of patent infringement claims against multiple defendants (discussed here ), there are still a few pre-AIA suits alleging that multiple defendants independently infringed the same patents. Judge Smith recently became the latest Eastern District of Virginia...

Patents Post-Grant: Multi-Defendant Troll Suits to Drive Joinder Filings at PTAB

By Scott A. McKeown and Greg Gardella Stayed Litigations to Drive Joinder Practice Inter partes reviews (IPRs) are now understood to be effective tools for parties defending against patent infringement suits filed by non-practicing entities , sometimes called "patent trolls." Typically...