As a small city, Reno is not known for being a hub for patent litigation, but as contributor Melanie Ludlow explains below, that could be changing.:
The United States District Court, District of Northern Nevada, located here in Reno, aims to become proficient (and efficient) in hearing patent litigation cases. Last year, the District Court volunteered and was selected to participate as one of 14 U.S. district courts in a 10-year pilot project to enhance patent litigation experience among the participating courts’ justices. To be chosen, each district court either had to present statistics showing it had the largest number of patent case filings among the top 15 district courts in the U.S in 2010 or prove the intention to create local rules for patent or plant variety protection cases. Each court selected for the pilot program delegated at least three justices to be the “go-to” justices for patent cases. The justices chosen- those who have previously requested to hear patent cases- will receive special training in patent litigation. Patent attorneys in the area can now rest more assured that patent litigation cases will be heard by a judge familiar with the U.S. patent system.