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Judge Albright Tweaks Orders on Patent Venue, Fact Discovery (1)

June 9, 2021, 6:32 PMUpdated: June 9, 2021, 7:11 PM

Parties fighting over whether patent cases belong in Judge Alan D. Albright’s West Texas federal court will face limits on discovery related to venue and jurisdiction under a new order reimposing restrictions.

In November, Albright—the sole judge in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas Waco Division—lifted previous limits on jurisdictional discovery and gave parties a six-month discovery deadline from the date of a transfer motion. Several of Albright’s recent transfer decisions have come under scrutiny at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as his court has become the busiest patent docket in ...