The End Of Multidefendant Patent Litigation?

Law360, New York (October 4, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT) -- Over the course of the last decade, it has become increasing common for patent owners to name as defendants multiple unrelated parties whose only commonality is that they were accused of infringing the same patent or patents. In one such case, Parallel Networks v. Abercrombie & Fitch, 6:10-cv-d111 (E.D. Tex. Aug. 12, 2011), the patentee named 112 different entities as defendants.

Defendants in such suits often had little choice but to try their case together with the other named co-defendants. A new provision of the Leahy-Smith...
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