Author Archives: Steven Callahan

Magistrate Judge Rutherford

On January 26, 2018, Chief Judge Lynn swore in the Northern District of Texas’ newest magistrate judge, Rebecca Rutherford. According to the Northern District’s News Release (available here): Judge Rutherford graduated in 1993, summa cum laude with a Bachelor of … Continue reading

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Chief Judge Lynn Now Requiring Persons Planning to Use IT Equipment to Undertake Training Prior to Trial or Motion Hearing

On January 24, 2018, Chief Judge Lynn entered a Scheduling Order (available here) in the Iron Oak v. Samsung case. Notably, the Scheduling Order contains a training requirement for attorneys or staff who wish to use the Court’s IT equipment: The … Continue reading

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New Patent Cases

Over the last several weeks, there have been 11 new patent cases filed in the Northern District of Texas: Dexas International v. Hangzhou Rena Pet Products (complaint available here) I.S.E.L., LLC v. Polyguard Products, Inc. (complaint available here) Junkosha, Inc. … Continue reading

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Remembering My High School Law Teacher, Walter “Wally” Lubelczyk (1951-2017)

I learned about a month ago that my high school law teacher, Walter Lubelczyk, passed away at the young age of 66 after a courageous battle with a stroke. Mr. Lubelczyk taught high school constitutional law to thousands of students in … Continue reading

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PTAB Rejects Sovereign Immunity Defense In View Of Pending Litigation Brought By Sovereign

Proving that even a broken clock is right twice a day, the PTAB in Ericsson v. Regents of the University of Minnesota (decision available here), rejected Minnesota’s sovereign-immunity defense to PTAB proceedings instituted by Ericsson (note: my firm represents Ericsson, … Continue reading

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Magistrate Judge Byrant

D. Gordon Bryant, Jr. has served as a Northern District of Texas Magistrate Judge since August 1, 2016. His chambers are in Lubbock. According to the Northern District’s Official News Release (available here): Mr. Bryant received a Bachelor of Business … Continue reading

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Magistrate Judge Ray

Hal Roberts Ray, Jr. has served as a Northern District of Texas Magistrate Judge since June 2016. His chambers are in Wichita Fallas. According to the Northern District’s Official News Release (available here): Mr. Ray received a Bachelor of Arts … Continue reading

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Chief Judge Lynn Refuses To Maintain Stay of Patent Case Pending Supreme Court’s Oil States Decision

On November 13, 2017, Chief Judge Lynn entered an Order (available here) in Leak Surveys v. Flir Systems. In 2013, Leak filed suit asserting infringement of one patent. Thereafter, the PTAB instituted an IPR as to the patent, and the … Continue reading

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2018 N.D. Tex. Bench Bar Conference To Take Place On January 12, 2018

The Dallas and Fort Worth Chapters of the Federal Bar Association will host the second annual Bench Bar Conference on Friday, January 12, 2018 (7.0 hours of MCLE credit, with 2.0 hours of ethics credit). Should be a great event. The … Continue reading

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Federal Circuit’s In re Micron Decision—TC Heartland Constituted Change In Law, But District Courts Can Still Deny Untimely Motions To Dismiss For Improper Venue Under Inherent Authority

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision (which significantly limited the venues where a plaintiff can file patent-infringement lawsuits), many defendants raised venue challenges for the first time after answering the plaintiff’s complaint. And many courts held … Continue reading

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