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Northern District of California Amends Patent Local Rules to Focus Upon Damages

by W. Paul Schuck

February 2017 – The Northern District of California has amended its Patent Local Rules, effective immediately.  The changes largely pertain to damages calculations, generally requiring earlier disclosure of the parties’ positions.  Most notably Patent Local Rules 3-8 and 3-9 are created which require disclosure of “Damages Contentions” and “Responses to Damages Contentions” early in the litigation.  These changes may expedite resolution of patent cases and, ultimately, save judicial and litigant resources.  To view this update in its entirety, please click here.

A redline of the amended Patent Local Rules, identifying all changes, is available here.