Marshall status conferences - time to trial trends
Judges Gilstrap and Payne conducted another set of patent status conferences in Marshall this morning. A number of the cases heard were follow-on to previously set cases, and received those cases' settings, Judge Gilstrap noted. Markman settings for all cases (including those set on top of prior cases as well as those receiving new ones) were 5-8 months from today (down from 7-12 months at the August conferences) and trial settings were 13-16 months from the status conferences (down from 12-19 months in August). For comparison purposes, the last Tyler conferences I attended in November had times of 28-30 months to trial.