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U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Revisions to Local Patent Rules

December 2017Advisories

On December 11, 2017, the Judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts proposed amendments to Local Rule 16.6 governing patent proceedings. The proposed amendments substantially rewrite existing Local Rule 16.6 and provide, among other things, for the early disclosure of infringement contentions and certain discovery, and for the Claim Construction Hearing and trial to be conducted within 9 months and 24 months, respectively, of the Initial Scheduling Conference. The public comment period on the proposed revisions to Local Rule 16.6 expires on January 26, 2018. 

A copy of the Court’s Public Notice and Proposed Amendments may be found on the Court’s website, click here to view.

This advisory should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances. The contents are intended for general informational purposes only, and you are urged to consult your own lawyer concerning your situation and any specific legal questions you may have.

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