Fourteen federal district courts, including the Western District of Pennsylvania, have been selected to participate in a ten year pilot project.  The goal of this patent pilot project is to enhance expertise in patent cases among U.S. district judges.

Patent cases filed in participating district courts are initially randomly assigned to all district judges, regardless of whether they are designated to hear such cases.  A judge who is randomly assigned a patent case and who is not among the designated judges may decline to accept  the case.

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