Lodsys Defendants Test Joinder Standard in East Texas Patent Fight

, The American Lawyer


An East Texas patent fight between a non-practicing entity called Lodsys and a host of major IT players could help point the way to the answer to a question raised by anti-joinder rules in the America Invents Act, with major implications for both plaintiffs and defendants. The tactic involves targeting as many defendants as possible in individual patent infringement suits. The issue is what do about the flood of multi-defendant cases brought by NPEs just before the AIA became law last September.

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