Webinar: Navigating the Discovery Process of a U.S. Litigation - And What to Do Now to Prepare for Potential Litigation
June 8, 2010
Although many IP disputes can be resolved through non-adversarial avenues such as mediation, patent litigation continues to play a vital role in the enforcement of IP rights in the U.S. Most technology companies find themselves, sooner or later (if not perpetually), embroiled in a patent suit in U.S. district court, either as plaintiff or defendant. The discovery process can be one of the most confusing and burdensome aspects of U.S. patent litigation. Unlike other jurisdictions, U.S. courts permit a seemingly limitless scope of discovery, particularly in patent cases involving complex technology. Patent litigants commonly produce millions of pages of documents and take and defend dozens of depositions in a single case. To the uninitiated, this can come as quite a shock. However, there are steps your company can take before any complaint is filed to maximize your chances of success while minimizing unnecessary disruptions to the business.
Please join our panelists as they provide an overview of the discovery process in the U.S. district courts. Topics covered will include document retention plans, the "litigation hold" memorandum, the types of discovery available, formulating effective discovery plans, objecting to discovery on privilege or other grounds, common problems in collecting documents, and electronic discovery issues. The panel also will address protective orders, discovery disputes, motions to compel discovery, local rule requirements, and the duty to supplement discovery responses. Finally, expert discovery issues will be discussed, including strategies for retaining and working with technical expert consultants and preparing to depose your adversary's technical experts.
This webinar is the last of four in our Spring 2010 “Strategic U.S. Patent Series for European Counsel.”
Anthony C. Tridico
Michael J. Flibbert
Doris Johnson Hines
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Navigating the Discovery Process of a U.S. Litigation - And What to Do Now to Prepare for Potential Litigation