Deadlines are necessary in aid of Federal Rule of
Civil Procedure 1’s command “to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding.”

In this article, originally published in The Legal Intelligencer, Rebecca Melley discusses the need for strict case management of patent actions in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Though the Philadelphia area is a hotbed for medical and pharmaceutical innovation, the Eastern District is not a popular venue for patent infringement litigation, with an average of only approximately 24 new cases classified as patent cases —less than 1 percent of total civil cases filed. This low volume of cases means that the Eastern District has not developed a stringent approach to ensuring these cases proceed in a timely manner.

Melley looks at the defects of the current system, and why implementing more active case management guidelines will benefit all litigants.

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