Discovery of relevant information and documents can be a valuable tool for achieving fair and equitable resolution of disputes. However, discovery is frequently the most expensive part of litigation. It is often overused and sometimes abused, particularly in complex commercial litigation involving intellectual property.
For example, large corporations are especially susceptible to the burden of producing hundreds of thousands of documents in intellectual property cases. Requests are made for documents stored not only in paper files but also in electronic form, such as e-mail. Interrogatories and depositions are often used without focus. A lawsuit becomes a discovery quagmire instead of a method of dispute resolution.
The Discovery Committee will consider ways in which discovery can be focused and streamlined, perhaps arriving at various forms of a “best practices” compilation.
The overall goal of the committee will be to recommend ways in which discovery can be better managed to save time and money for intellectual property owners.
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