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3.  Case Management And Scheduling


The Early Meeting


After a defendant has appeared in the case, and preferably answered the complaint, there is a mandatory conference between the attorneys for the parties to discuss case management issues. The result of this early meeting is a written report to the court prepared jointly by the parties. The report must set forth a plan for how the parties contemplate conducting discovery in the case (discussed below). It usually also contains general background information on the case, the positions of the parties on certain issues, and a proposed schedule for the case to go to trial.


Scheduling Order


Generally after receiving the joint report of the parties the court will issue a scheduling order to govern the case. The scheduling order will contain cutoff dates for adding other parties to the lawsuit, amending the complaint or answer, and filing motions. It will often also include a date for a final pre-trial conference and trial date. It is not uncommon for a trial date to be set as much as a year or more in the future. Patent cases are generally complex and require an extensive amount of discovery and preparation for trial.

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3.  Case Management And Scheduling


The Early Meeting


After a defendant has appeared in the case, and preferably answered the complaint, there is a mandatory conference between the attorneys for the parties to discuss case management issues. The result of this early meeting is a written report to the court prepared jointly by the parties. The report must set forth a plan for how the parties contemplate conducting discovery in the case (discussed below). It usually also contains general background information on the case, the positions of the parties on certain issues, and a proposed schedule for the case to go to trial.


Scheduling Order


Generally after receiving the joint report of the parties the court will issue a scheduling order to govern the case. The scheduling order will contain cutoff dates for adding other parties to the lawsuit, amending the complaint or answer, and filing motions. It will often also include a date for a final pre-trial conference and trial date. It is not uncommon for a trial date to be set as much as a year or more in the future. Patent cases are generally complex and require an extensive amount of discovery and preparation for trial.

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