Guest post – Magistrate Judge Stark Speaks to Delaware State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section

Our fellow associate, Sara Beth Reyburn attended the Delaware Bar Association Intellectual Property Section’s annual meeting last night and has written the following guest post for the Delaware IP Law Blog:

The Honorable Leonard P. Stark shared some “General Thoughts from the Bench” at last night’s Delaware State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section’s annual meeting. Judge Stark shared tips on the practices and procedures he has developed since being appointed to fill the District of Delaware’s newly created second Magistrate position last August.

Judge Stark also cited statistics that show why he is honored to be a part of the district’s “tremendously experienced court”. For example, according to Judge Stark’s research, the three District Judges and two Magistrate Judges have served on the federal bench for a collective 69 years and have written close to 3,000 opinions since 2001. The three District Judges have an average caseload of 500 cases each (approximately 90 pending patent cases each). From 1995 to 2007, the time from filing the complaint to trial has generally been less than 23 months. In 2007, 17 (nearly 20%) of the 94 patent cases tried nationwide were in the District of Delaware.

Judge Stark said he has received generous mentoring from his colleague Magistrate Judge Mary Pat Thynge, who is highly respected for her mediation skills. Judge Stark’s research indicated that Judge Thynge has mediated more than 1,150 cases, with an 80% settlement-success rate (including 187 of 272 patent cases). Judge Stark said he has been involved in 33 mediations and estimates his settlement-success rate at around 60%.

Author: Sara Beth Reyburn (

Sara Beth is an associate in Young Conaway’s intellectual property, corporate, and litigation and trial practice sections andhas worked on cases involving a variety of intellectual property, corporate, and commercial issues, including patent litigation, trademark and tradename matters, and internet domain name disputes under the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. Sara Beth originally joined the firm in 2001 and, after pursuing a writing career for a brief period, returned to the firm in 2006. Sara Beth has assisted on pro bono cases for the Federal Civil Panel of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. She also volunteers with her hometown’s local historical commission.

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