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Lyerla and Feldhaus Help Draft Amendments to New Local Patent Rules

Jenner & Block Partner Bradford Lyerla and Associate D. Matthew Feldhaus helped draft amendments to the existing Local Patent Rules and new rules for electronically stored information (ESI) for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Mr. Lyerla was one of eight attorneys whom Chief Judge James F. Holderman praised for devoting “time and detailed analysis” as members of the drafting committee.  The Local Patent Rules for Electronically Stored Information are based on the Seventh Circuit Electronic Discovery Pilot Program Principles and the Federal Circuit Model Order on E-Discovery.  According to a press release by the Court, “The purpose of the amendment is to secure the just, speedy and inexpensive determination of patent cases and to promote, whenever possible, the early resolution of disputes regarding the discovery of electronically stored information without court intervention.”  The amended and new rules became effective on March 1 and can be viewed here.