Eligibility requirements for the pilot program included being among the top 15 district courts in terms of the number of patent cases filed in 2010, or being a district having adopted or certifying its intention to adopt local patent rules.
Under the program, patent cases will continue to be randomly assigned within each district, however, a judge who is not designated to hear patent cases in his or her district may decline the case, and the matter will be reassigned to one of the judges specifically designated to hear these cases in their district.
The Honorable K. Michael Moore, The Honorable Donald M. Middlebrooks, and The Honorable Patricia A. Seitz have been designated to hear patent cases in the Southern District of Florida. We congratulate each on their selection to participate in this important program.
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