About the site
This website is dedicated to making local patent rules from U.S. district courts accessible and useful to patent litigants. You will find the text of the actual rules from all of the U.S. District Courts that have adopted local patent rules.
Even better than having all the rules in one place, you can now easily compare and contrast provisions between jurisdictions. This makes evaluating venue considerations in patent cases much simpler. Want to compare how local patent rules affect time to a Markman hearing, limit the number of claims terms the court will construe, impact the likelihood of a stay pending reexam, influence discovery deadlines, or govern confidentiality? The answers to these questions and many more are now at your fingertips.
About the author
Travis Jensen is a practicing patent attorney in the silicon valley office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. Travis represents plaintiffs and defendants in all aspects of patent litigation, from pre-suit counseling through trial and appeal. Travis has litigated technically complex patent cases, including jury and bench trials, in federal district court, state court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the International Trade Commission.
If you have tips or suggestions for improving the site, or would like to discuss a patent litigation matter, you can reach Travis at the email on the bottom of the page.
Genesis of the site
Several years ago I was asked to author an article about the emergence and impact of local patent rules on patent litigation. To my dismay, I was unable to locate a central resource or clearinghouse that listed, discussed, and analyzed local patent rules. Indeed, even identifying which district courts had adopted local patent rules was not a trivial task.
I was surprised at the dearth of commentary and analysis regarding patent rules for at least two reasons: (1) patent rules sometimes vary significantly from district to district and (2) patent rules have a significant impact on the timing (and sometimes even the outcome) of a case. Recognizing the utility a patent rules clearinghouse could have, I undertook to create one. I hope you find the site convenient to use and informative. -Travis