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SAN FRANCISCO — Nonpracticing entities are rushing to file multidefendant patent infringement suits before President Obama signs patent reform legislation into law, and many of their targets are Silicon Valley companies.

Once the America Invents Act becomes law, it won’t be enough for a plaintiff to claim that defendants should be joined together in the same patent suit because they’re accused of infringing the same patent. They will have to be accused of joint infringement, or there will have to be some common factual basis to the claims against them.

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