Friday, July 27, 2012

America Invents Act does not Preclude Pretrial Consolidation

The court denied plaintiff's motion to consolidate three of its cases for pre-trial purposes, but rejected defendants' argument that consolidation would violate the spirit of the America Invents Act. "[T]he Court notes that the America Invents Act remains silent on pre-trial consolidation. As such, the AIA does not affect the authority of a court to order pre-trial consolidation of related patent cases. This Court does not view consolidation in these cases as violative of the spirit of the AIA."

CR Bard v. Medical Components, 2-12-cv-00032 (UTD July 25, 2012, Order) (Furse, M.J.).

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