Judge Stark overhauls patent practices in District of Delaware: 10 key changes

By Denise Seastone Kraft and Brian Biggs

The same day he took the reins as chief judge for the District of Delaware, Judge Leonard P Stark substantially overhauled his patent practices. Effective with all cases filed on or after 1 July 2014, Judge Stark implemented changes resulting from the Patent Study Group (PSG) that he and Judge Sue L Robinson spearheaded to curb litigation abuse and streamlined patent litigation in the District of Delaware.

In conjunction with these changes, Judge Stark sent a letter to counsel describing the changes, his new form patent scheduling order, his new form patent pretrial order and the now-required case management checklist.

The 10 most relevant changes to his patent procedures follow…

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