Eastern District Rocket Docket Decelerates in Marshall Division

Cases Filed Now May Not Get Trial Dates Until Late 2011 or Early 2012

, Texas Lawyer

The voluminous filings of patent cases in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Marshall has slowed the "rocket docket" that Judge T. John Ward launched in early 2001 by promulgating rules meant to expedite the disposition of patent infringement suits. The Eastern District of Texas had the highest number of patent suits filed in the United States in the last fiscal year.

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