Ill. District Court Pushes Local Patent Rules

Law360 (March 27, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has become the latest jurisdiction to propose a set of local patent rules in order to streamline the process and allow for greater predictability and planning.

The rules were proposed March 19, and they are now subject to a public comment period.

Among other things, they call for final infringement contentions to conclude 7.5 months after a case begins, a claims construction hearing to occur at the 12-month mark, summary judgment motions to conclude at the...
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