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  • EnactedJanuary 4th, 2011
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed December 13th, 2010
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Senate Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      House Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedJanuary 22nd, 2009

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Official Title

To establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges.

Summary

Establishes a pilot program in certain U.S. district courts under which: (1) those district judges who request to hear cases involving patent or plant variety protection issues are designated by the chief judge to hear them; (2) such cases are randomly assigned to the district court judges, regardless of whether they are designated; (3) a judge not designated to whom such a case is assigned may decline to accept the case; and (4) a case so declined is randomly reassigned to one of those judges so designated.