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The Western District of Pennsylvania is taking part in a 10-year pilot program aimed at streamlining the courts' patent litigation process.

"In [patent] cases, oftentimes it depends on where your client is being sued," Michael L. Dever, co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Section, explained in a Pittsburgh Business Times article.

"If we are representing the patent owner, we have the ability to pick the court, to a certain extent."

The pilot program is designed to capitalize on such flexibility by increasing judges' experience with patent litigation, thereby shortening the turnaround time from filing to decision and increasing the number of patent cases tried locally in district court.