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Patent Attorney Max Ciccarelli says Patent Office Unlikely to Impact Local Courts
July 24, 2012 8:01 am

The choice of North Texas as the location of one of four new U.S. Patent and Trademark Offices is expected to bring more than 100 jobs and solidify the area's reputation as a research and technology hotbed. But it may not result in more patent litigation in the Northern District's federal courts. "The focus of the office will be patent prosecution, but the location of the prosecution has almost no impact on a plaintiff's decision of where to file any litigation," says Max Ciccarelli in the Dallas office of Thompson & Knight. He notes that as the region's technology environment thrives, and litigants see how well Northern District judges manage patent litigation, more cases could be filed in local courts. "As the new office adds examiners and the backlog decreases, more patents may be issued and more litigation filed locally, but that will take some time." For more information, contact Barry Pound at 800-559-4534 or



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