Everyone likes to read the ole tea leaves. The tilt of a judge's chin during an argument, the tenor of an unrelated oral order, the look in the eyes of a courtroom deputy—all are portents that might be interpreted by counsel attuned to their subtle frequencies.
But no omen is considered more decisive than the time it takes to decide the motion. Is a long time good? Bad? Salty? I got the real answers for you fam.
Take a look at this chart of motion to dismiss rulings by time pending (DE patent cases only, measured from the final brief):
If it's not obvious, the blue …