Patent Practice in the Western District of Texas, Waco Division: From Filing to Final Judgment

Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, June 10, 2021

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This CLE course will guide counsel on patent litigation in the Western District of Texas. The panel will examine key considerations and discuss strategies to navigate litigation issues from case commencement through post- trial motions.


The Western District of Texas saw an explosion of patent cases in 2020 when it became the most popular patent litigation jurisdiction. The increase occurred after the September 2018 appointment of Judge Albright, who hears almost all the patent cases.

Judge Albright has put in place standing orders that impact strategy for patent owners and alleged infringers alike. One of these standing orders provides an accelerated (18 months) time to trial. Another standing order requires all venue motions to be determined before claim construction. Further, Judge Albright does not typically grant transfer motions to accommodate witnesses and/or the location of documents, including source code.

As a result of these factors and other considerations, both plaintiffs and defendants must have a strategy in place to navigate patent litigation in the Western District of Texas.

Listen as our authoritative panel of patent litigators examines patent practice in the Western District of Texas. The panel will address key considerations and discuss strategies to navigate litigation issues, including venue, discovery, claim construction, Section 101 motions, other dispositive motions, petitions for IPR, and the jury trial itself.



  1. Patent practice in the Western District of Texas: key milestones established by the court’s numerous standing orders
  2. Venue
  3. Claim construction
  4. Discovery
  5. Section 101 motions/petitions for IPR
  6. Dispositive motions
  7. Trial logistics
  8. Recent decisions
  9. Best practices


The panel will review these and other important issues:

  • A comprehensive description of how Judge Albright’s standing orders, FAQs, standard operating procedures, and rules of thumb impact all aspects of a case in his court
  • What does the accelerated timeline to trial mean for a defendant's ability to get a petition for IPR instituted?
  • What best practices should defendants employ knowing Judge Albright has denied all Section 101 motions?


Brunette, Nathan
Nathan C. Brunette

Stoel Rives

Mr. Brunette focuses his practice on patent and IP litigation as well as complex business disputes. He has represented...  |  Read More

Ravel, J. Stephen
J. Stephen Ravel

Kelly Hart & Hallman

Mr. Ravel has more than 35 years’ experience handling litigation matters at trial and on appeal. He currently...  |  Read More

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