U.S. District Court Judge T. John Ward joined the court in Marshall, Texas in 1999 and helped create what is known in legal circles as a rocket docket for patent cases. He did this by adopting rules that encourage the setting of quick trial dates and firm discovery deadlines. And where there have been discovery disputes, he has made himself available. But more than all that, he actually likes patent cases. However, "There is a limit to what three of us can do," he reportedly said to the National Law Journal, "I think [the wait] will become longer as this load continues."