The Key to Patent Lawsuits

Almost all litigation involving the jewelry industry and patents, copyrights, or trademarks is conducted in the United States Federal District courts. The federal courts retain exclusive jurisdiction for patents and copyrights and share jurisdiction for trademarks with state courts. Much of the federal practice is conducted by very large firms, which can quickly generate huge fees once a lawsuit begins. Federal courts are well run and efficient and can produce results fairly quickly, often within one to two years. After a complaint and the answer are filed, the courts require that the parties set forth a “discovery” schedule, which establishes the time periods for each party to conduct fact discovery—i.e., discover information in the other side's possession and conduct its own investigation. Discovery involves document production, witness depositions, third-party information, and

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