On Nov. 1, 2012, Jeff Andrews will be speaking at the University of Texas School of Law's 17th Advanced Patent Law Institute in Austin, TX. Jeff will be part of a panel entitled: "Multi-District Litigation: Strategic and Tactical Questions." Prohibition against joinder in the AIA and tough venue opinions from the Federal Circuit mean separate patent suits are filed, often in different jurisdictions. This has resulted in an increase in requests for pretrial consolidation to multi-district litigation (MDL) panels. When, how, why or why not seek MDL treatment?