Gilstrap Eases Filing Of Patent Summary Judgment Motions

Law360, New York (July 22, 2016, 7:15 PM EDT) -- Federal Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas has done away with his previous rule that litigants in patent cases must get his permission before filing a motion for summary judgment, court papers show.

Under an earlier docket control order, Judge Gilstrap required parties to submit five-page letter briefs requesting permission to file a motion seeking summary judgment. But a new order Wednesday simply requires parties to submit two copies of the summary judgment motion, with no requirement to seek permission.

The change will impact a large number of litigants since Judge Gilstrap hears by far the most patent...

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