Today’s Pittsburgh Business Times includes an article discussing the Patent Pilot Program and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The article begins by pointing out: “Last year, 738 patent infringement suits were filed in U.S. District Court in Eastern District of Texas. The Western District of Pennsylvania had 14.” However, several attorneys (including yours truly) think that’s about to change. Patent cases don’t move as quickly as they used to in traditional patent jurisdictions such as the Eastern District of Texas. And while the parties may benefit from the experience of judges who carry a heavy patent caseload, the patent pilot program will help provide additional judges (including those in Pittsburgh) with similar experience.
The full article is available on the Pittsburgh Business Times website. (Subscription may be required to access the full article.)