Chief Judge Stark narrows claims and prior art before trial, enforces page limits for summary judgment

In Greatbatch Ltd. v. AVX Corporation, et al., C.A. No. 13-723-LPS (D. Del. July 28, 2015), Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark ordered a mechanism for reduction of asserted claims and prior art before trial.  Plaintiff would shortly elect no more than 15 claims, with no per-patent limit.  Here the Court adopted Defendants’ proposal over Plaintiff’s proposal for 24 claims.  10 days thereafter, Defendants would narrow prior art references to 20 maximum, with no per-patent limit, as well as identify a maximum of 60 prior art combinations (defined as a combination of two or more references per claim).  The parties would not be allowed to modify their elections, as requested by Plaintiff, “solely on the basis of any decisions by the [PTAB] related to any inter partes review . . . petitions involving the asserted claims.”  Id. at 2-3.

Further, the Court ordered the parties to adhere to the summary judgment briefing limits in the schedule, which allowed for 40 pages total per party.

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