After a long rule-change process, a new set of amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) will become effective on December 1, 2015.
Directly impacting patent cases is the elimination of the form patent complaint that allowed patentees to file a complaint without particularly spelling out any theories of of infringement. New complaints will be required to satisfy the Twiqbal standard of alleging facts that make the claim for relief plausible. In the patent situation, courts may begin requiring at least a particular statement of which patent claims are being infringed and perhaps at least one claim chart.
The amendments also include changes a set of case management and discovery rules to better streamline that process and focus on proportionality.