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Registration is now open for the 2016 District of Delaware Bench & Bar Conference May 19-20, 2016 at the Chase Center on the Wilmington, Delaware Riverfront.  To register, click here. 

The program will include nationally recognized practitioners and federal judges speaking on cutting edge issues in Bankruptcy, Criminal, and Intellectual Property law.  Confirmed speakers include judges from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third and Federal Circuits; United States Courts for the Districts of Delaware, New Jersey, Eastern and Western Pennsylvania, Eastern and Northern Texas, and California; United States Bankruptcy Court for the Districts of Delaware and Southern New York; as well as nationally respected practitioners from the public and private sectors.  The program will conclude with a panel of former Solicitors General discussing high stakes litigation in federal court.  An updated agenda will available at defba.org in the coming weeks.

We hope to see you in May!

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware is seeking public comment on proposed revised local rules of practice and procedure.  The proposed amendments were recommended by the Lawyers Advisory Committee of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, and approved by the Court.

A copy of the proposed rules may be accessed here.

Per the Court’s Public Notice, all comments and suggestions with respect to the Rule revisions should be forwarded to the Office of the Clerk at the addresses below, no later than April 1, 2016:

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On May 19 and 20, 2016 the District of Delaware and the Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will co-host the District’s Second Bench and Bar Conference.   This year’s Bench and Bar Conference will be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, located in downtown Wilmington, DE. Lodging for out-of-town guests will be reserved at a discounted rate at the Westin Hotel, which is adjacent to the Chase Center. The Bench and Bar Conference will include plenary CLE sessions, as well as breakout CLE sessions in the areas of Intellectual Property, Bankruptcy, and Criminal Law.

Additional information will be forthcoming over the next few months.

 

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As we previously reported, the Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the District of Delaware will hold the first Bench and Bar Conference in Wilmington, Delaware on May 7-8, 2015.  Participants can register HERE.

The Conference offers 9 hours of CLE credits, featuring district and appellate judges from across the country, as well as nationally-recognized speakers from both the private and public sectors.  The Conference also includes an event Thursday night at Winterthur Museum and Gardens (featuring garden tours, a cocktail reception, dinner, and live entertainment).

For more information, the Conference brochure is included below:

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The Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association announced today that the first District of Delaware Bench and Bar Conference will be held on May 7-8, 2015 at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware.  The event will feature judges from the District of Delaware, Third Circuit, and Federal Circuit; as well as other distinguished speakers.  More details regarding the program agenda and events, such as dinner at Winterthur, will follow over the next few weeks.

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Today, the District of Delaware and Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association announced a call for applications for the 2015 Federal Trial Practice Seminar.  As a 2013 graduate of the program, I highly recommend submitting an application.   Participation is open to members and non-members of the FBA.  See the below message from the FBA and attached flyer for more information.

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Dear FBA Members,

The United States District Court for the District of Delaware and the Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (“FBA”) are pleased to announce the 2015 Federal Trial Practice Seminar.

The Seminar is an instructional trial practice program designed for lawyers who have less than 10 years of experience as a practicing attorney, but who have an interest in regularly litigating in the District Court.  Applicants who are admitted to the Seminar will participate in instructional sessions on topics including Opening Statements, Closing Statements, Direct Examination, Cross Examination, Motions In Limine and Courtroom Presentation and Demeanor.

The Seminar sessions, to be held in April, May and June 2015, will involve both: (1) instruction from nationally-recognized speakers who have frequently litigated in the District Court and (2) hands-on training sessions, including a mock-trial-style format, in which the participants will apply what they have learned from the speakers.  These weekly sessions will also be attended by Judges of the District Court and a group of program mentors, all of whom have extensive trial practice experience in the District Court.  Seminar participants will also obtain Continuing Legal Education credit (including Ethics-related credit) and will have additional opportunities to interact with the District Court judges, the speakers and the program mentors outside of these sessions.  There is no cost to participate in the Seminar, which is open to both members and non-members of the FBA.  A complete Seminar description is attached to this e-mail.  Additional information about the seminar can be found on the District Court’s website , including a video which describes the program and the experience of the participants.  The video can also be viewed at the following link.

Those interested in applying for the Seminar should submit a resume and a letter of interest by January 9, 2015 to The Honorable Christopher J. Burke. Applications should be sent by e-mail at: FTPS2015@ded.uscourts.gov.  Any questions can be directed to the Seminar co-coordinators, Kelly Farnan (Farnan@RLF.com) or Susan Coletti (coletti@fr.com).

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In an open letter to Delaware counsel, Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark has provided clarification on the Court’s new 6 p.m. EST deadline for the filing and service of papers, which will become effective Thursday, October 16. Judge Stark explained that “the 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time deadline applies to every filing and service deadline in every case in the District of Delaware, other than initial pleadings.” Accordingly, “the 6:00 p.m. deadline applies to the exchange among parties of discovery requests and discovery responses, and it applies even if such requests or responses are made by hand delivery.”

Notably, Judge Stark also clarified that “[p]arties will not be permitted to alter the new deadline on a case-by-case basis.” To that end, Judge Stark further explained that “[w]hile each individual Judge retains the discretion to set a different deadline in a specific case with respect to a particular paper, the Judges of the Court agree that this discretion will be exercised rarely (most likely during trial).”

Judge Stark also noted that the new deadline does “not apply to proceedings pending in Bankruptcy Court,” but it “does, of course, apply to bankruptcy appeals and any other bankruptcy-related cases to the extent those cases are on the District Court’s docket.”

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Today, the District of Delaware issued a Standing Order revising the Court’s Administrative Procedures Governing Filing and Service by Electronic Means, setting a new filing and service deadline of 6:00 p.m. ET for all documents other than initial pleadings.  Effective October 16, 2014, section (F) of the Court’s Administrative Procedures will be revised as follows:

(F) Deadlines

Filing documents electronically does not in any way alter any filing deadlines. Aside from initial pleadings, all electronic transmissions of documents (including, but not limited to, motions, briefs, appendices, and discovery responses) must be completed by 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, in order to be considered timely filed and served that day. All electronic transmissions of initial pleadings must be completed prior to midnight Eastern Time, in order to be considered timely filed that day. When CM/ECF calculates a deadline, it will include intermediate weekends and holidays as prescribed in Fed.R.Civ. P. 6. CM/ECF will also add 3 calendar days for mailing as prescribed in section (E)(5) of these procedures.

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On September 30, 2014 DuPont and Widener University School of Law will sponsor a day-long Intellectual Property CLE Seminar at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware.  Click HERE to register.  The keynote speakers, Judge Leonard P. Stark of the District of Delaware and Judge Leonard Davis of the Eastern District of Texas, will discuss the current state of patent litigation.   Andrew Byrnes, Chief of Staff of the USPTO, will present on the perspective of the USPTO.  Additional plenary and breakout sessions include IP due diligence, non-practicing entities, ethics, patent drafting, and trademark/copyright highlights.

Access the full agenda here:  http://www.dupontlegalmodel.com/wp-content/uploads/2014-cle-agenda2.pdf

 

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On Wednesday, June 18, Judge Leonard P. Stark published a new form scheduling order on the District of Delaware web site for non-ANDA patent cases, as well as a new form pre-trial order for patent cases, a new set of “Procedures for Managing Patent Cases,” and a “Case Management Checklist” for use in patent Rule 16 conferences. These changes are in response to feedback from the Patent Study Group (discussed here). Unless otherwise ordered, these Revised Procedures will govern all non-ANDA patent
cases filed on or after July 1, 2014 that are assigned to Judge Stark.

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