With Patent Jury Trials Set To Resume Next Month, Judges Get Creative

May 21, 2020


John Moehringer comments on the efficacy of virtual bench trials during the coronavirus pandemic. Moehringer and his team developed the "Patent Litigation Tracker: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic" online resource to identify and summarize U.S. District Court orders resulting from or impacted by the pandemic.

An excerpt from "With Patent Jury Trials Set To Resume Next Month, Judges Get Creative":

Meanwhile, [U.S. District Judge Morgan] continues to hear evidence in the virtual bench trial of Centripetal Networks v. Cisco Systems in the Eastern District of Virginia. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft partner John Moehringer, who’s been listening in to the public audio feed, said the trial generally seems to be going smoothly, although at a slow and measured pace.

Moehringer also observed the Zoom technical tutorial and Markman hearing in VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland v. SiTime. “The Zoom technology was impressive and the presentations seemed to go smoothly,” Moehriner said. He said the slides presented to the court seemed more static than usual. “They were good, but I believe if the hearing was in person, they would have had someone in the hot seat creating highlighting on the fly,” Moehringer said.

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