Judge Albright’s Place Atop the List of Busiest US Patent Judges Threatened by New West Texas Order

  • July 29, 2022
  • Category: Top Insight

Western District of Texas Judge Alan D. Albright has been the nation’s top patent judge since Q1 2020, but a major new change may soon bring that controversial status to an end. Until last week, West Texas filing rules allowed plaintiffs to pick their division, guaranteeing that they would get the famously plaintiff-friendly Judge Albright when filing in Waco (where he is the only district judge). However, on July 25, Chief District Judge Orlando L. Garcia issued a targeted standing order establishing that all patent cases filed in the Waco Division will be randomly assigned among 12 of West Texas’s district judges, including Judge Albright. The new order all but ensures that Judge Albright’s patent caseload will soon drop significantly.

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