D. Del. Judges Discuss Patent Litigation Pet Peeves

This morning’s edition of IP Law360 (subscription) features an informative article on judges’ pet peeves in patent litigation. Featured in the piece are two D. Del. judges: Chief Judge Sleet and Judge Farnan. Of note are the judges’ comments on summary judgment motions and the use of experts. On the issue of summary judgment, ChiefContinue reading “D. Del. Judges Discuss Patent Litigation Pet Peeves”

D. Del. in 2007: Twenty Percent IP Caseload

With all the talk of the economy’s woes and the renewed prospect of substantial patent reform, many commentators predict bleak times ahead for IP litigators. Amid this sea of gloom, it’s good to know that Delaware, home to over half the country’s Fortune 500 companies and an experienced judiciary accustomed to hearing those firm’s disputes,Continue reading “D. Del. in 2007: Twenty Percent IP Caseload”

Magistrate Thynge Reappointed

On February 1, 2008, Mary Pat Thynge was reappointed as a full-time magistrate judge for the District Court of the District of Delaware. The order states that her new eight-year term will begin on June 17. Until last August, Magistrate Thynge was the district’s only magistrate and many patent litigators will know her for herContinue reading “Magistrate Thynge Reappointed”

U.S. Attorney Colm Connolly Nominated for Vacant Judicial Position

The White House announced last Tuesday it has nominated U.S. Attorney Colm F. Connolly to fill the vacant judicial position in the District Court for the District of Delaware. The position was left vacant when former district court judge Kent A. Jordan was elevated to a position on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. JudgeContinue reading “U.S. Attorney Colm Connolly Nominated for Vacant Judicial Position”

D. Del. One of Least Reversed Districts Nationwide

The District of Delaware is among the least reversed jurisdictions on claim construction rulings, according to a study conducted by David Schwartz, a professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Among the top five patent jurisdictions nationwide, Delaware (No. 4) had the lowest reversal rate: only 22.2 percent of the district’s Markman decisionsContinue reading “D. Del. One of Least Reversed Districts Nationwide”

New Standing Order Regarding Vacant Judgeship Cases

By Standing Order dated January 23, 2008, all cases assigned to the vacant judgeship prior to August 6, 2007, all cases assigned purusant to the Order of August 6, 2007 (whih assigned civil cases to the Magistrate Judges), and all new cases filed in this District shall be assigned and divided among the three activeContinue reading “New Standing Order Regarding Vacant Judgeship Cases”

Gavel Passed To Judge Sleet At Annual Delaware FBA Meeting

The Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association held its annual meeting yesterday. The highlight of the meeting was the ceremonial passing of the gavel from current Chief Judge Sue Robinson to new Chief Judge Gregory Sleet. The formal transfer of power will take place on July 1st. Chief Judge Sleet will become the firstContinue reading “Gavel Passed To Judge Sleet At Annual Delaware FBA Meeting”

Delaware Judges Hold Forum on Federal Litigation in D. Del.

Last Friday, in conjunction with the Delaware chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the judges of the District of Delaware hosted a wide-ranging and candid CLE on the role of Delaware counsel in federal litigation. During the program, the first of many to come on Delaware practice, Chief Judge Robinson, Judge Farnan, and Judge SleetContinue reading “Delaware Judges Hold Forum on Federal Litigation in D. Del.”