Volume 49, Issue 2
On December 11, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts published proposed revisions to the patent local rule (Local Rule 16.6) for public comment. The public comment1 period closed on February 26, 2018. In response to the request for comments, members of the BPLA Litigation Committee met and discussed the proposed revisions, solicited comments from the BPLA membership, and submitted comments on behalf of the BPLA to the District Court2. The BPLA generally endorsed the proposed revisions to the local patent rules, noting that the revised rules “will further promote the efficient and timely administration of patent matters in the District of Massachusetts.” The BPLA also provided specific comments as to the proposed rules relating to the scheduling procedure, automatic patent-related disclosures, expert testimony for claim construction, and written opinion of counsel, which are discussed in greater detail below.
BPLA Comments on D. Mass. Proposed Local Patent Rules
Frank D. Liu, Pepper HamiltonGregory D. Len, Pepper Hamilton