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John T. Moehringer, a partner with Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Courtesy photo.

If the virtual patent trial of Ironburg Investments v. Valve had been held the old-fashioned way last week in U.S. District Judge Thomas Zilly’s Seattle courtroom, it could have been stopped cold on its first day.

During voir dire, a potential juror, appearing—like all the others—remotely via ZoomGov.com, felt sick and had to be excused. “If that happened with all the potential jurors in the courtroom, there might have been a more significant delay, as they likely would have had to verify whether the illness was COVID-related,” said John Moehringer, a Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft partner who’s been tracking virtual patent trials.

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Scott Graham

Scott Graham focuses on intellectual property and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He writes ALM's Skilled in the Art IP briefing. Contact him at sgraha[email protected]

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