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Allan Sternstein Featured in Chicago Lawyer Magazine

Patent Cases in Northern District of Illinois at All-Time High; Tech-Savvy Judges Help

September 11, 2012

Allan J. Sternstein, member and national Director of Dykema’s Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation Department, is one of several Chicago practitioners featured in an article, “Location, location, location: Patent litigators choose their courts,” which appears in the September issue of Chicago Lawyer magazine.

The article—the first in a series exploring the impact of last year’s passage of the America Invents Act (AIA) on the U.S. patent system—notes that, while the patent litigation caseload has increased dramatically nationwide, new approaches in various jurisdictions are helping significantly accelerate the litigation process.  Current estimates call for 250 patent cases to be filed with the Northern District of Illinois in 2012, more than nine percent above last year’s record 229 cases.

Sternstein chaired the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) when it rewrote local patent rules that govern procedures for patent litigation in the Northern District of Illinois courts. Prior to those rules being adopted, patent cases in the district took approximately four years from filing-to-trial. Today, patent cases are expected to be ready in half the time: two years. Because of the speedier litigation process and more tech-savvy judges, the Northern District of Illinois has become a more attractive venue for patent cases.

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