ED Va enjoins implementation of USPTO rules
John White, known to many patent attorneys across the nation as the guy who helped them pass the patent bar examination, played the role of ace reporter live from the Eastern District of Virginia. According to John, "there was an audible sigh in the courtroom when Judge Cacheris said the rules were enjoined." No doubt, those in attendance were quite happy that Judge Cacheris kept the status quo.
In an earlier blog post John had said that the courtroom was full, and reporters were everywhere. As it turns out, the courtroom was full of patent attorneys and there was only one reporter who apparently left early. How John could mistake concerned patent attorneys for reporters is something we will have to ask him later, maybe he should stick to his day job!
In any event, what John just told me via telephone is that Judge Cacheris did not make any statements about the likely merits of the case when making his ruling from the bench. He will, however, be issuing a formal written opinion which will be entered sometime this afternoon. As soon as we receive that ruling we will post it together with our analysis.