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The New "Patent Courts" - A Pilot Program for the Federal District Courts Begins

15 January 2012

Intellectual Property Newsletter - January 2012

Starting in the fall of 2011 and extending for a full decade, the new "Patent Pilot Program" is designed to provide a select group of judges with specialized training and education to help them address the particularities of patent litigation. Pub. L. No. 11-349. Representative Hank Johnson, Jr. (GA), a co-sponsor of the enacting legislation, explained that the program will "create a cadre of judges who gain advanced knowledge of patent and plant variety protection through more intensified experience in handling the cases, along with special education and career development opportunities." It is expected that the program will decrease patent litigation costs by increasing judicial efficiency in handling patent cases and reducing the need for appeals.

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