Judges Vote To Nix Rule Creating Patent Complaint Forms

Law360, New York (September 17, 2014, 5:50 PM EDT) -- A panel of judges on Tuesday unanimously approved the elimination of a federal rule that provides model forms used in civil litigation that have grown obsolete, including a form allowing plaintiffs in patent infringement cases to file bare-bones complaints, and recommended that the U.S. Supreme Court approve the change.

The 26-member Judicial Conference of the U.S., which suggests changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, unanimously approved the abolishment of Rule 84, which provides model forms that attorneys can rely on in several situations. Among the forms covered by the rule is Form 18, a model patent complaint that requires...

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