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AIA Joinder Rule Doesn't Bar Consolidation, JPML Rules

Law360, New York (May 3, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT) -- The joinder provision of the America Invents Act restricting multidefendant patent suits does not bar consolidated pretrial proceedings for cases involving unrelated defendants, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ruled Wednesday in litigation over Voice over Internet Protocol technology.

The panel ordered 14 suits brought by Bear Creek Technologies Inc. to be transferred to the District of Delaware, rejecting arguments by defendant Vonage Holdings Corp. that centralizing pretrial proceedings for unrelated defendants would eviscerate the patent reform law's joinder provision.

"We find that the America...
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