The United States District Court, Central District of California, was selected as one of fourteen district courts to participate in a ten-year pilot program designed to enhance expertise in patent cases among United States district judges. The national Patent Pilot Program, which was established pursuant to Pub. L. No. 111-349, began on September 19, 2011. Under the statute, the Chief Judge of each participating district must designate district judges to receive cases under the program. Click here  for a list of judges who volunteered and have been designated to receive such cases under the program. For more detailed information about the Patent Pilot Program, please refer to the Court's General Order No. 11-11 .