The Judicial Conference makes rules change for patent infringement

Written by Super User. Posted in IP News

Last week, a panel of judges on The Judicial Conference of the U.S. approved the elimination of Federal Rule 84 that provides model forms used in civil litigation that have grown obsolete, including a form allowing plaintiffs in patent infringement cases to file bare-bones complaints, and recommended that the U.S. Supreme Court approve the change.


The change means Form 18 no longer governs patent disputes and litigants might be held to the stricter standards under the Supreme Court’s Iqbal and Twombly decisions — now known by lawyers as Twiqbal — that require plaintiffs to state more than bare allegations to survive a motion to dismiss.

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