Maryland Patent Rules
Patdek is directed to organizing patent information. The information presented below highlights aspects of the Maryland Local Patent Rules governing invalidity contentions.
District Court local rules (here) (as of July 1, 2011)
Dist. Md. Rule 804.1.c.ii provides:
(ii) Whether each item of prior art anticipates each asserted claim or renders it obvious. If obviousness is alleged, an explanation of why the prior art renders the asserted claim obvious, including an identification of any combinations of prior art showing obviousness;
Dist. Md. Rule 804.1.c.iii provides:
(iii) A chart identifying where specifically in each alleged item of prior art each limitation of each asserted claim is found, including for each limitation that such party contends is governed by 35 U.S.C. § 112(6), the identity of the structure(s), act(s), or material(s) in each item of prior art that performs the claimed function;
Dist. Md. Rule 804.1.d concerns the document production that is to accompany invalidity contentions.