Every hearing I have with Judge Albright sheds more insight into how he intends to approach recurring issues in patent cases. I wanted to set out a few overarching themes from my most recent visit, metaphorically speaking, to Franklin Avenue.
I had a really great time Friday afternoon as one of the presenters at TAPA’s 2019 statewide conference, which was held in Longview, hosted by the always overachieving members of the Northeast Texas Association of Paralegals. I presented on the topic of trial procedure in federal court (paper attached – similar to the paper I’m presenting in Austin next month), and at the conclusion of my presentation had a great Q&A with the attendees about different courtroom issues, ranging from “how much of this would apply in Judge Yeakel’s court” to the cons of putting female attorneys at counsel table as window dressing (there are no pros unless you’re the other side). The absolute high point for me was when one of the attendees wanted a selfie with the editor of the federal O’Connor’s. I can die happy now!
It was a close-run thing at the end after one of Baylor’s “bigs” Lauren Cox went down near the end of the third quarter, and Baylor’s 12 point lead evaporated like claims on the eve of trial. But they hung in there and defeated an outstanding Notre Dame team defending their championship from last year by a single point, 82-81 on an almost last second layup by LSU graduate transfer Chloe Jackson. My mother would have been so pleased (she did the reverse of Chloe, graduating from Baylor and then getting her masters at LSU).
Our herd watched the Lady Bears’ first playoff win as couple of weeks ago in Waco, and only wish we could have been in Tampa last night to celebrate.
The next topic I wanted to take up is the filing statistics for Franklin Avenue, again with a little context.
Next up on our tour of the Waco patent docket to date is rulings on dispositive motions. What’s been argued, what’s been granted, and what hasn’t?
Our firm is proud to be a sponsor of Loyola College Prep’s Law Studies Department for their “Flyers and Buyers” business pitch competition. (It’s Flyers because that’s the school mascot – Snoopy as a WW I fighter pilot). No, seriously – the letter from Charles Schultz in 1966 authorizing the school to use the logo is framed in the main office).
Attorney and long-suffering Saints fan Joe Landreneau sponsors the team, which presents business pitches in
The next topic I wanted to cover for Waco are outcomes in patent cases, including some context for the numbers we have so far.
Applications for Section 285 “exceptional case” findings and the attorneys fees they bring are now almost standard by prevailing parties. This case provides an example of a new way to lose on such a motion. Lawyers representing defendants in patent cases need to read this opinion.
The first topic I wanted to address for the Waco patent docket is claim construction procedures and orders.
Had a great time at lunch today out at the new Bear Creek Smokehouse event center near M
The timing was perfect, with my Advocate article on the effect of TC Heartland on Texas courts just coming out from under wraps today, and I passed out copies along with a couple of pages from recent Docket Navigator reports with the relevant information highlighted – click through for copies. I had actually not been out to the new