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Update: Judicial Conference Approves Rules Change to Raise Pleading Requirements

The Judicial Conference has voted to approve the rules change I described in my last post.

This is means that, assuming the Supreme Court approves the changes (which it almost certainly will) and Congress doesn’t pass legislation to block the changes (which it almost certainly won’t), as of December 1, 2015, the pleading requirements in patent cases will require the same detail as any other civil case. I’d expect another flood of troll suits to be filed in November of next year, if history is any guide.


Roundup of This Week’s Patent News: August 1 Edition

I’m back with some news this week! On Wednesday, the House Judiciary IP Subcommittee held a hearing on The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: The America Invents Act and Beyond, Domestic and International Policy Goals.  We were pleased to hear that acting director of the PTO, Michelle Lee, emphasized the ongoing need for patent reform…

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If you’re a regular reader of Patent Progress, you’ve noticed the new look. We’ve tried to make the site cleaner and easier to use. While we’ve done our best to test it thoroughly, if you do happen to notice a problem, we’d appreciate you letting us know. Update: We have also updated the daily newsletter. You…

18 States Now Have Laws to Try to Stop Patent Trolls

As of two days ago, Illinois became the 18th state with a law prohibiting bad faith assertions of patent infringement. (That is, fraudulent demand letters.) It seems that if Congress won’t act, the states will do whatever they can (which is limited) to deal with patent trolls. Let’s hope that the next session of Congress will…