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Federal Circuit vacates contempt sanctions against counsel in patent dispute
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • August 2 2012

The Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that a district court in California erred by failing to consider issues of fairness when it (i) determined that pre-litigation disclosure of a letter protected by attorney-client privilege waived discovery beyond the four corners of the letter; and (ii) entered contempt sanctions against the law firm which authored the letter and failed to comply with discovery orders relating to the letter’s subject matter in a patent dispute between the law firm’s client and the company to which the letter had been disclosed.


Model order would limit e-discovery in patent litigation
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • October 20 2011

During a recent bench-bar conference in Texas, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Randall Rader unveiled a set of proposed improvements to patent litigation, including a model order that would place limits on e-discovery.