Federal Circuit Judge Rader Takes Tech Suits in Texas

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It sounds like the beginning of a bad patent law joke: An appellate judge walks into an Eastern District of Texas courtroom ...

Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Randall Rader is getting down in the trenches in the nation's patent litigation hot spot -- and already his rulings have swayed cases in favor of Silicon Valley tech companies and set the patent bar chattering.

Rader, the incoming chief judge of the Federal Circuit, is heading to Texas to preside over five cases set for trial in April in a district that is often at odds with the appellate court.

Already this month, Rader has dismissed one patent case against Google and Yahoo on summary judgment and trimmed back damages theories in a lawsuit against Red Hat and Novell. These are somewhat unusual rulings for the Eastern District of Texas, which historically has not killed as many patent cases on summary judgment as other venues.

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