Don't Expect A Rash Of Patent 'Shootouts'

By Matthew Bultman (August 14, 2017, 9:16 PM EDT) -- When companies start fighting over patents, the lawsuits can have a way of getting unwieldy, so one judge in California has begun using shootout-style hearings — a unique way to streamline cases that has caught the attention of attorneys but likely won't become widespread.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup ordered the hearing in a case between Comcast Cable Communications LLC and OpenTV Inc., giving both sides a chance to seek judgment on one claim in a single patent. Earlier this month, he ruled in favor of Comcast and allowed it to seek attorneys' fees based on the "wrongful assertion" of the...

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