"Order on Confusion": District Court Orders Parties to Submit Jury Instructions "in Plain Language" or Waive Right to Jury Trial
In this patent infringement action between i-Tec Well Soultions, LLC ("i-Tec") and Peak Completion Technologies, Inc. ("Peak"), the district court issued an unusual order as the case approached trial. With the case expected to be a jury trial, both sides were ordered to submit tailored jury instructions.
The district court, most likely frustrated by the unintelligible jury instructions that are frequently submitted in patent cases, issued an "Order on Confusion." In the "Order on Confusion," the district court stated that "the parties must give the court tailored jury instructions written in plain language if they want a jury trial in October." Thus, the district court made it clear that it wanted jury instructions that could be understood by a jury of lay people even in a complex patent trial.