According to a 1995-2013 study conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida had the third fastest median time to trial with an average of 1.74 years. The only courts that were faster than the Middle District of Florida were the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia and Western District of Wisconsin, with .97 and 1.07 years respectively. Overall, the Florida Middle District was ranked sixth most patent holder friendly jurisdiction in the Country.
According to the study, only the Eastern District of Virginia, District of Delaware, Eastern District of Texas, Western District of Wisconsin, District of New Jersey, and Central District of California ranked above the Middle District of Florida as top overall patent holder favorable jurisdictions. This was due to factoring each Courtís median time-to-trial, overall success rate, and median damage awards.
However, according to the study, the Middle District of Florida had the number one (#1) highest success rate for patent holders in the Country.
However, there are some cases for which the Middle District of Florida is a preferred jurisdiction for defendants or non-patent holder declaratory judgment Plaintiffs.
Approximately ten million of Floridaís eighteen million people reside in the Middle District of Florida. The Middle District contains thirty-five (35) of Florida's sixty-seven (67) counties including several of Floridaís largest metropolitan areas (Tampa Bay, Orlando, Jacksonville, Ocala, Daytona and Fort Myers). The Fort Myers Division covers Charlotte, Collier, De Soto, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties. The Jacksonville Division covers Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Hamilton, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St.Johns, Sumter, Suwannee, Union and Volusia Counties. The Orlando Division covers Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties. Finally, the Tamp Division covers Hardee, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota Counties.
Registered Patent Attorney Peter A. Koziol is admitted to the Middle District of Florida, familiar with the Middle District of Florida Local Rules and patent trial procedures.
Contact patent attorney Peter Koziol at 561-235-0725, to learn more about the Middle District of Florida and its Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Ocala, Orlando and Tampa divisions, and whether or not the Middle District of Florida is a proper or favorable jurisdiction for your patent infringement or declaratory judgment case.
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