Guest: The Honorable Arthur J. Boylan, U.S. Magistrate Judge
Intellectual property cases are (almost) exclusively the province of federal courts in the U.S. And, in keeping with the complexities of federal court, these cases (especially patent and trade secret) are often a firestorm of obscure technology, massive e-discovery fights and ever-shifting law. IP cases cry out for sensible governance and disposition. Enter the Honorable Arthur J. Boylan, a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Minnesota who likes patent cases. His story is one of transformation – from small-town Minnesota to the big city, from lawyer to judge and from the high-volume of state court to the intricate remedies and practice of federal court. Judge Boylan has an ideal background to bring order and intellect to the wild west of IP litigation.
We were happy to get 30 minutes with Judge Boylan to chat about his personal journey, the differing challenges of state and federal court, the effect of big IP cases on federal courts, how to speak to judges (like they’re human beings), the virtue of patent-specific pretrial schedules, the value of technology tutorials and simpler ways to resolve discovery fights (a phone call).