Judges' Plan To Raise Patent Pleading Bar May Curb Trolls

Law360, New York (February 14, 2014, 7:42 PM EST) -- A panel of judges is considering new federal rules to prevent patent owners from filing bare-bones complaints, a move attorneys say would help reduce abusive litigation by so-called patent trolls by arming defendants with more information about the allegations against them.

The Judicial Conference of the U.S., which suggests changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, has called for eliminating a rule that allows plaintiffs to base complaints on a model form that requires only a brief statement alleging infringement. Public comments on the plan...
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