Litigating in the Central District of California
The United States District Court for the Central District of California is the nation’s largest district court. It is also one of the busiest intellectual property courts in the country, often leading in the number of copyright and trademark cases, and is generally among the top four districts for patent cases. It is one of thirteen districts nationwide selected to participate in the Patent Pilot Program, an experiment in judicial specialization. Six Central District of California Judges participate in the Patent Pilot Program, and they handle the majority of patent cases in the Central District of California. The Patent Pilot Program District Court judges sit in Los Angeles and Orange County, and they are complemented by a cadre of Magistrate Judges who are experienced with, and have a particular interest in, patent cases. Magistrate Judges often handle discovery issues in patent cases, and by agreement of the parties, can also preside over the entire case.
Central District of California judges are knowledgeable and experienced, and hold attorneys to a high standard of practice. The Central District of California has extensive local rules governing many aspects of civil cases, and each judge typically has a standing order with additional requirements for cases pending before that judge. While the Central District of California does not have patent local rules, some of the judges have patent rules for their cases, and other judges will apply some version of patent local rules where appropriate, often in consultation with the parties.
The Central District of California has handled many cases involving biotechnology patents, chemical patents, pharmaceutical patents, communications patents, drug patents, medical patents, medical device patents, electrical lighting patents, house fixtures patents, illumination patents, materials processing patents, and mechanical patents.
Glancy Prongay & Murray Los Angeles patent litigation attorney Jonathan Rotter served as the first law clerk to the Central District of California’s Patent Pilot Program judges for three years. If you have, or are thinking about filing a patent case in the Central District of California, please contact Mr. Rotter. Mr. Rotter also serves as co-counsel (local counsel) for attorneys from out of state with cases in the Central District.