Judge Albright’s New Standing Orders

Standing Order for Discovery Hearings in Patent Cases:

Today, Judge Albright entered a new Standing Order for Discovery Hearings in Patent Cases. No later than 7 days after a discovery hearing, the prevailing party must submit a proposed order briefly summarizing the dispute and the parties’ understanding of the Court’s ruling. If the parties cannot agree on the language in the proposed order, they may submit respective proposed orders to the Court for resolution.

The Court has noted recently that that many discovery hearings involve the same disputed issues. This new procedure will provide a written order memorializing the Court’s ruling. Parties who later have the same discovery dispute will then benefit from the Court’s previous rulings which will hopefully decrease the number of discovery hearings regarding the same issues.

Amended Standing Order Regarding Notice of Readiness for Patent Cases – Version 2.2:

Yesterday, Judge Albright entered an Amended Standing Order Regarding Notice of Readiness for Patent Cases. The major amendment involves situations where there are “CRSR Related Cases”, defined as cases that (1) are filed within 30 days after the first case is filed; and (2) share at least one common asserted patent.