Of all the opinions Judge Hall authored while I clerked for him, Texas Instruments, Inc. v. Micron Semiconductor, Inc., 815 F. Supp. 994, 997 (E.D. Tex. 1993) seems to be the most-cited. While the case dealt with several issues, its central holding, that once the “substantial similarity” test is met, the “first-to-file” rule accords the first-filed court the responsibility to determine which case should proceed, was the part of the opinion cited again by Judge Gilstrap earlier this month in transferring a case.
Docket Navigator recently released one of its periodic special reports. This one takes a look at several interesting questions its subscribers have asked, and the detailed analyses they undertook to find the answers. The report is interesting primarily because of the unexpected nature of the questions. Unlike virtually every other report, the questions aren’t the ones you’d most want answers to – but here someone did, and it’s interesting trying to picture why.
The parties filed cross-motions for sanctions arising out of conduct in a deposition, resulting in an order from Judge Albright.
It’s not the end of any logical portion of the year, but I got curious this morning what the patent case filing trends for the year were, so I ran the numbers for some of the more popular districts for readers and here’s what I came up with.
Michael Truncale was sworn in to start work as the newest EDTX judge yesterday in Beaumont. (You can tell because the door says “judge” and he’s holding what appears to be a stack of Bibles)
I don’t know what’s in the water in Marshall and Waco these days, but there are protective order issues popping up everywhere for some reason, including this recent one from Judge Albright’s court in Waco.