De Facto Patent Reform In The Eastern District Of Texas

Law360, New York (January 29, 2016, 10:43 AM EST) -- Lionel M. Lavenue

R. Benjamin Cassady

Christopher Moulder In 2011, Congress passed the America Invents Act, a sweeping reform to the U.S. patent system. One of its goals was to address the large number of patent infringement lawsuits by providing new ways for parties to avoid “unnecessary litigation.”[1] Surprisingly, the AIA did little to stem the ever-increasing tide of patent litigation. In fact, from 2010 to 2013, the number of lawsuits increased 120 percent to a high of 6,114,[2] with nearly a quarter filed in the Eastern District of Texas.[3] And the filings in the first half of 2014 promise to...

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