Benefits Of A Coordinated Joint Defense In Patent Cases

Law360, New York (November 27, 2012, 1:16 PM EST) -- In patent venues like the Eastern District of Texas and the District of Delaware, multiple otherwise unrelated defendants have long been sued together for infringement of the same patent or group of patents. These lawsuits are typically brought by a particular class of nonpracticing entities colloquially referred to as “patent trolls.” Such patent trolls do not themselves practice their patents commercially, but sue market participants and seek a share of their revenues or profits as “damages.”

Grouping defendants together in one action significantly encumbered discovery logistics,...
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