Judge Peck’s Latest “Wake-Up Call”
In his recent opinion in Fischer v. Forrest, 14 Civ. 1304 (PAE) (AJP), 2017 WL 773694 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 28, 2017), Judge Peck declares that “It is time, once again, to issue a discovery wake-up call to the Bar in this District: the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended effective December 1, 2015, and one change that affects the daily work of every litigator is Rule 34.” Can you name the three requirements the Judge lays out for responses and objections under amended Rule 34?
House of Representatives Passes the Innovation Act — What You Need to Know
On December 5, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309, a piece of patent reform legislation known as the “Innovation Act of 2013.” The bill passed 325-91, with most of the opposition coming from Democrats, but with some Republican opponents as well. The bill would amend U.S. Code Title 35 (the section that governs patent law) and the "America Invents Act,” which Congress passed in 2011 (but which most folks agree did not accomplish nearly enough in the way of true reform).
Big Law is Taking Information Security Concerns More Seriously – It’s About Time
As we moved into an era of electronic documents, firms deployed information security measures, but by and large, those safeguards were not particularly robust. But generally, these data security protocols were good enough for clients, and therefore good enough for the firms. Times have changed. Law firms now realize that information security must be a top priority, for several reasons.
New ITC eDiscovery Rules Clear Path for Swifter, Less Costly Patent Infringement Investigations
Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. § 1337) authorizes the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate complaints of certain unfair practices in import trade. Section 337 investigations could be an attractive alternative to civil patent litigation for some corporations …