An International Guide to
Patent Case Management for Judges

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8.6.10 Trial

A civil lawsuit typically involves a series of trial dates for oral arguments that are three to five weeks apart from each other. The court will render its decision in three to four weeks after the trial is closed (see Section On the first trial date, the court will identify the disputed issues of the case and hold technology review session (see Section The court will then visit any remaining issues and hold evidence examination or witness examination in subsequent trial dates. At the end of each date, the court will schedule the next trial date and notify the parties what issues should be addressed on that date. Before the next trial, parties will submit briefs and evidence on the issues for the court’s review in advance. Upon going through the issues on the next trial date, the court will decide whether it has heard enough from the parties to render a decision.