Like many rules, FRCP is a living document and its rules change from time to time. Recently, there were changes to rules 26, 37, and 84. These rules, while not directed specifically towards patent litigation cases, help curb the activity of non-practicing entities (NPEs) or "patent trolls." In other words, good news for defendants.
Let's take a look at each of the rules and determine what it means for plaintiffs and defendants in patent litigation cases.