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Chief Judge Robinson Institutes Streamlined Discovery Dispute Procedure

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Chief Judge Sue L. Robinson today announced a new discovery dispute procedure. The Court’s form patent scheduling order now includes a provision for designating two in-person discovery status conferences in advance. With these fixed dates in place, the Court will no longer allow the parties to file, without express consent by the Court, any motions to compel or motions for protective order. More pressing disputes that arise during depositions or that involve the scope of a protective order, however, may still be resolved via telephone conference with the Court.

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