Depositions

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PTAB Requires Additional Showing for Cross-Examination If Testimony Was Prepared for Another Proceeding

A recent order from the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“Board”) in an inter partes review illustrates how the Board may handle situations where a party seeks to depose a declarant whose testimony was submitted through a...more

One Superior Court Judge Overruling Another?

You are all familiar with the old adage that "one Superior Court Judge cannot overrule another Superior Court Judge." But apparently there is at least a little bend in that rule, as illustrated by Judge Bledsoe's opinion...more

4 Preliminary Questions for Every Deposition You Take

Before you get to the substantive questions, make sure to ask these four important preliminary questions in every deposition you take. Is the deponent on medication or suffering from an illness? Ask questions about...more

Court Denies Motion to Compel Deposition Testimony on Overly Broad 30(b)(6) Topics and on "Contention" Topics

In this patent infringement action brought by Trustees of Boston University ("BU"), BU alleged that defendants infringed U.S. Patent No. 5,686,738 (the "'738 Patent"), which centers on light emitting diodes ("LEDs") and the...more

Corporate Representative Depositions in Texas: The Basics Explained

If your company becomes involved in litigation, chances are it will be asked to present a corporate representative for deposition. A corporate representative deposition is one in which the company names a person to testify...more

USTPO – When a Deposition Transcript has an Error, What Do You Do?

While reading the rules of the United States Patent and Trademark Office regarding depositions, I came across 37 CFR 2.125(b) and was very surprised to read that if there are typographical or spelling errors in a deposition...more

Failure to Make A Third Party Witness Available May Result In The Testimony Being Ignored

In the Mexichem Amanco Holdings S.A. de C.V. v. Honeywell International, Inc., the Patent Owner moved for additional discovery to depose a third party witness whose declarations were relied upon by Petitioner in its Reply to...more

PTAB's Guidelines for Foreign Language Depositions

In the Ariosa Diagnostics v. ISIS Innovation Limited inter partes review, the PTAB set for the guidelines for taking depositions in a foreign language as required by 37 C.F.R. § 42.53(c). In addition to the requirement of...more

Coordinate Your Discovery Methods

Often you can use more than one discovery method to get the same facts or evidence. You can take a pick-and-choose approach to your methodology, or better yet, use a coordinated approach that aims multiple discovery methods...more

USPTO – Great Information for Court Reporters and Attorneys – Swearing in a Witness

As court reporters in the patent and trademark litigation world, we are often asked to report depositions in foreign countries. One of the requests that frequently comes up is, who is going to swear in the witness? Certain...more

Business Court Resolves A Trio Of Discovery Issues

Three interesting discovery issues were resolved last week by Judge Bledsoe's Order in Gay v. Peoples Bank. First, can you obtain in discovery in a class action the fee arrangement between the plaintiff and his lawyers? ...more

Appellate Court Notes

?AC35328 - Sola v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Trial court incorrectly refused to charge the jury that Walmart store had a non-delegable duty to maintain its floors in a safe condition for its patrons and could not defend a...more

Sanctions Awarded for "Train Wreck of a Deposition" Where Witness Was Evasive and Counsel Made Inappropriate Objections

In this patent infringement action between MAG Aerospace Industries, Inc. ("MAG") and B/E Aerospace, Inc. ("B/E"), MAG filed an ex parte motion as a result of conduct during a deposition. The court began its analysis of the...more

Court Affirms Taxation of Costs; Says Plaintiff Presents a “Bad Argument” (Wisconsin)

Wis. Res. Prot. Coun. v. Flambeau Mining Co., 2014 WL 3810884 (W.D. Wis. Aug. 1, 2014). In this environmental case, the plaintiff moved for review of the clerk’s ruling awarding costs to the defendant. In particular,...more

Deposition Tactics - Obstructionist Litigation

With fewer trials and an increasing focus on using the discovery process to leverage a favorable settlement or resolution, it is common for litigation counsel to be obstructionist during discovery. For example, counsel may...more

Practice Pointer: Leave Your Phone at Home on Deposition Day

Your deposition is scheduled to start in an hour. You're walking out your front door, about to drive to your company's lawyer's office. Your palms are beginning to sweat. You're worried you've forgotten your phone, your...more

Don’t Be Trapped by Your Deposition Outline

An outline is an excellent tool for making sure you don’t overlook any important subjects during a deposition. But don’t let this tool become a trap: Be in the moment and be ready to venture outside of your outline....more

Home or Away? Where Should That Deposition Take Place?

When a corporate defendant is sued in a federal court outside its home state, the issue of where its deposition will be conducted can become a bone of contention. The traditional rule, accepted by most practitioners, is that...more

30 (b)(6) Corporate Designee Depositions - What You Need to Know

In a world where the overwhelming majority of cases never make it to trial, depositions take on outsized importance. They will almost certainly be the only in-person testimony either party has the opportunity to elicit and...more

5 Ways to Defeat Deposition Abuse [Video]

Have you been on the receiving end of opposing counsel's abuse during a deposition? This short video discusses the most common abuses attorneys experience during depositions, and gives you 5 ways to effectively deal with...more

Declaratory Testimony from File History is “Affidavit Testimony” Which Requires Deposition

Most declaration testimony in an inter partes review proceeding is newly developed as part of the IPR. On occasion, however, parties to an IPR have used previously generated declarations in support their positions. In...more

Federal Court Report - Fourth Circuit Clarifies Pleading Standards and (Again) Rejects Affidavits that Contradict a Party’s...

In Stevenson v. City of Seat Pleasant, Maryland, No. 12-2047 (4th Cir. Feb. 21, 2014), the Fourth Circuit spent some time cleaning up a rather messy case involving the alleged use of excessive force by members of a police...more

Credibility Challenges Posed by the Eccentric Inventor Witness

Eccentric inventors can be their own worst enemies at depositions and on the witness stand at trial. General Electric Co. v. Wilkins (Fed. Cir., May 8, 2014) is a recent case on point. The General Electric case involved a...more

Plaintiff Precluded from Using Deposition Testimony of Defense Expert Where Plaintiff Procured the Absence of the Expert

Novartis sought to use the deposition testimony of defendant's expert at trial under Fed.R.Civ.P. 32(a)(4)(B). As explained by the district court, "the Rule provides that a party may use the deposition of a witness for any...more

Speaking Objections Are Not Allowed, And Neither Are Whispered Instructions - Lexos Media, Inc. v. Zynga Inc.

Case Number: 1:12-cv-07994-PGG (Dkt. 97) - Lexos Media moved for an order prohibiting speaking objections in further depositions, and for fees and costs associated with a deposition. The court ordered that “speaking...more

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