I try not to update posts this quickly, but the above new chart from Darryl Towell at Docket Navigator this morning was too good to pass up. Yesterday I provided the 2018 patent filings for Delaware, EDTX, NDCA and CDCA by month as shown below, with the lagniappe of a svelte line showing Delaware’s non-ANDA filings as well. It was a chart only a mother could love. This morning DN sent over a revised chart by quarter, and a couple of trends I didn’t focus on yesterday are now apparent.
I’m in the final stages of a paper for the Litigation Section’s Advocate quarterly about the effect of TC Heartland on patent practice, and today I’ve been looking at preliminary data from Docket Navigator’s forthcoming analysis of 2018 patent filings for selected districts that has some interesting information.
I enjoyed participating in Judge Alan Albright’s first patent scheduling conference last week, although candidly I’d have enjoyed it more if it’d been in person in Waco where I could have snagged some lemon-lavender donut holes from Magnolia Table and checked in on Grayson James on the way home. But I was able to order a mug with Judge Albright’s picture above on it through the Waco paper to commemorate the hearing, so there’s that.
Did I mention we just got orders?
Good to have a class of law students in town last week to visit the local federal courthouse to see how a patent case works. As with most patent cases, it went away before they got here, but the students still got to see Judge Gilstrap conducting a civil rights trial in a case against Baker Tank Company. (Which was actually probably more exciting).
The students are in Prof. David Taylor’s Patent Law and Institutional Choice class at SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas. Two weeks ago the group went to Washington D.C. to visit the Supreme Court, Federal Circuit, PTO and U.S. Capitol. Next on their itinerary was Marshall to visit Chief U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap’s courtroom to see where many of the country’s high profile intellectual property disputes have taken place. Marshall News Messenger reporter Robin Richardson interviewed the students.
“For us, it’s fantastic,” said student Zack Faircloth. “We get a chance to (see) Judge Gilstrap. We read his cases all the time, so for
Hmm. I’ll just point out now that Robin’s full article is available here – https://www.marshallnewsmessenger.com/news/smu-law-students-witness-marshall-s-federal-court-in-action/article_b55c69a8-2355-11e9-9d0a-67e3002a9207.html
When I was in law school in the last century, our field trip was to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, including half an hour in the room where the medical examiner does autopsies. And no, it’s nothing like Quincy, M.E. (that was long before CSI).
It’s a large room with maybe half a dozen bodies in various states of dissection laying around, the condition of each of which was explained to us by a desperately sleep-deprived ME who looked nothing like Jack Klugman overseeing the activity. Incongruously, there was a Bartles & Jaymes
No offense to civil rights cases, but I think my field trip was way more interesting.
U.S. District Judge Judge Mary Lou Robinson of the Northern District of Texas passed away on Saturday. She was 92. In September 2018, Judge Robinson became the first woman within a five-state area to have a federal courthouse named for her with the renaming of the J. Marvin Jones Federal Building and Mary Lou Robinson United States Courthouse in Amarillo. You can read more about this trailblazing lawyer and judge here.
Well, maybe it’s not down this much, but patent filings in the U.S. were down in 2018, according to this recent report.
I was just explaining to an author working on a piece about litigation research, which he refers to as A.I. (“artificial intelligence”), and came up with a metaphor that I thought was worth setting out in a little more detail.
For the first time since early 2015, when all eight authorized positions were filled for a little over 60 days, all the pending EDTX judicial vacancies have nominees.
Motions for a stay of district court proceedings can have a variety of bases – PTAB proceedings, other pending litigation, pending motions, dog ate your homework, etc. This case presented a new one – whether a case should be stayed while an arbitrator decided whether certain severed claims are subject to arbitration.
Docket Navigator has another of their “special reports” out, following up on their December one on current trends in the EDTX. This report is on the effect of Alice Corp. Pty. v. CLS Bank International, 134 S. Ct. 2347 (2014). It analyzes the evolving subject matter eligibility landscape and provides insights on how Alice has impacted patent enforcement activities.