One of the key components of patent reform has been increased disclosure requirements for patent complaints. Patent infringement defendants have long derided the sparsity of information provided by patent infringement plaintiffs in opening pleadings. Traditionally, after providing information proving that the plaintiff owns the patent in question (or holds adequate rights to assert the patent) and other jurisdictional requirements, plaintiffs need only assert that the actions of the defendant violated the exclusive rights of the plaintiff in the patent to adequately have pleaded a case of patent infringement.
But recent Supreme Court action may have addressed the issue. In an order issued in late April,
the Supreme Court, without comment, adopted changes to the Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure that would abolish Form 18 and its model patent
infringement complaint from the Federal Rules.
The rule changes take effect on December 1, unless modified by
Congress. But with Congressional patent reform contemplating heightening
patent infringement pleading standards, it would appear that
modifications would seem unlikely.