This morning was my last meeting of my last State Bar of Texas organization. Today I finished my third and final year of as chair emeritus of the Litigation Section, completing 17 years on the Section’s governing council. After finishing my term on the board of directors and as chair of the Texas Bar Journal, this was my last group to rotate off of. The transition is a planned one and one reason why the weblog has been ramping up the last months, but it is still bittersweet – I have really enjoyed working with these groups, and wish them the best of luck with all the great work they are doing. Heading across the hall now (we’re in the SBOT annual meeting) to see what the Intellectual Property Law Section is up to. Maybe they need a volunteer …
Good post recently by Justin Gray on his Gray on Claims weblog on patent case filings in EDTX post-TC Heartland. He notes that as of June 9, the post-TCH case filings are 18% in Delaware, 12% in EDTX and 10% in ND Cal, ND Illinois, and 9% in CD California. That is of course, down for EDTX from approximately 29% for 2017 patent filings pre-TCH, but up from 6% the week after the decision, as you see in the original post.
A little more information this afternoon on how TC Heartland is playing out on the ground in EDTX.
Biscotti Inc. v. Microsoft Corporation, 2:13cv1015-JRG-RSP is a patent infringement case that’s closing in on trial before Judge Gilstrap in Marshall. (Readers might recall my post on Judge Payne’s recent order on the effect of Microsoft’s IPR activity on its invalidity defenses at trial.)
In the course of the pretrial conference before Judge Payne earlier today, Microsoft noted in response to a question from the Court that it would not be asserting a challenge to venue in the EDTX as a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland.
Great video from Mike Maslanka on lawyers and depression. Worth a view whether you need it for yourself or to stay equipped (as we all should) to help others. Link is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEvh7nfmBBA&feature=em-subs_digest
Busy day back in the office today after two days on the road working on this fall’s ILT IP Law conference in Plano and then presenting on trial procedure in federal court yesterday in Austin.
The Future Engineer (who just graduated high school last Friday and is ready to grace Baylor with his presence this fall) went with me so he could meet some lawyers who work around patent prosecution at the planning committee meeting and then help drive home. (He’s the only 17 year old that wanted a patent lawyer for Christmas because he’s ready to start working on inventions). He was clueless that the lawyer at his elbow all afternoon in Plano was Hope Shimabuku, who as the director of the USPTO Dallas Office works around patent prosecution in much the same way Jerry Jones works around football, but I thought it was hysterical. He then got to spend the better part of two days in the truck listening to his dad answering questions from reporters about the effect of TC Heartland. He can literally handle my side of the interview without any prompting at all now. He demonstrated that to his mother last night when we got in, which got her annoyed with both of us.
Although he enjoyed lunch at the Texas Chili Parlor, watching half a day about federal court practice in Austin didn’t do much for him, although he did alert several federal judges that he likes to make gunpowder and blow things up. Have to work on that boy’s conversation skills.
The high point was when I overheard him explaining to his brother Parker why he went:
Parker: Why did you go with Dad?
Grayson. I was bored. But it was a mistake, because I got more bored.
Yep. Life with Dad.
Have a great Memorial Day, everyone.
The most common error in articles about the Supreme Court’s opinion Monday in TC Heartland is, as the Longview News Journal put it “The justices ruled unanimously on Monday that such lawsuits can be filed only in states where defendants are incorporated.” Of course that’s not right – with the Court’s holding included, patent infringement cases can now be filed in the judicial district where (1) the defendant resides (meaning only the state of incorporation for domestic corporations), or (2) where the defendant has committed acts of infringement and has a regular and established place of business.
The question I have been getting ever since Monday is what effect will that have on filings in the EDTX. Fortunately, there are some metrics on that, and I wanted to briefly discuss them, and what my expectations are as far as filings.
One armed paper hanger day again.
I’m headed for Plano shortly to cochair the planning committee for the Institute for Law & Technology’s flagship conference, the annual IP law conference which brings together intellectual property lawyers from around the United States for two days to discuss emerging issues in IP law, as well as providing a comprehensive review of developments in IP law over the year. The seminar is presented every November at the ILT’s home in Plano, and regularly includes modules on patent prosecution, trademark and copyright, patent litigation, technology, licensing and IP rights and ethical issues affecting IP lawyers.
The it’s to Austin for tomorrow’s Federal Court Practice seminar at the Texas Law Center, where I’m presenting on trial procedure in federal court as I’ve previously posted. I hear tell there’s a State Bar president-elect runoff finishing up tomorrow, so it should be a calm, Zen-like place right about then.
I’ve already put the paper up, but subscribers click through for the slides as well.
I will be speaking at next week’s Federal Court Practice seminar at the Texas Law Center in downtown Austin on the subject of trial procedure (click through for the paper). I just realized that the seminar will be the subject of a live webcast, so if you’re interested in picking up 6.25 hours of CLE (including two hours of ethics) click here.
- We’re Not in State Court Anymore – Navigating the Differences Between Texas State and Federal Court Practice
- Service of Process, the Answer and Extraordinary Remedies
- Removal and Remand
- Dispositive Motions
- Clerk’s Office Resources
- Federal Rules Update
- Federal Judges Panel
- Trial Procedure (okay, I’m a little biased)
- Sentencing Guidelines
- Transitioning from Trial to Appeal: Post-Trial Motions
Again, click through for the paper, and I’ll add the slides when I get them updated.
Yesterday’s Seventh Amendment Symposium put on by the East Texas chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates was a great success. We had a large group of Marshall High School seniors, primarily from the AP Government classes, in attendance in the historic district courtroom of the old Harrison County Courthouse. (Technically it’s “the” county courthouse again, but no one calls it that). They were welcomed by ET-ABOTA president Bill Cornelius, and heard presentations on the history of the 7th Amendment and state and federal court systems.
Special thanks to U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap and former Harrison County Court at Law Judge Jim Ammerman,
who talked to the students about the federal and state court systems, respectively, and the importance of the right to a jury trial.