Supreme Court Alters Patent Venue Landscape: Eastern District Texas No Longer the Heartland of Patent Litigation

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Jeffri A. Kaminski, Partner, Venable LLP, with William A. Hector, Associate, Venable LLP.

The US Supreme Court issued its decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC altering the landscape of where patent owners may file patent infringement cases.  Previously, these cases could be filed in essentially any jurisdiction, allowing patent owners to select the forum of their choice.  TC Heartland  now requires that there be some connection between the accused infringer and the jurisdiction where suit is filed.  The Court ruled unanimously that “a domestic corporation ‘resides’ only in its State of incorporation for purposes of the patent venue statute.”  Continue reading “Supreme Court Alters Patent Venue Landscape: Eastern District Texas No Longer the Heartland of Patent Litigation”