Fed. Circ. Says Only 1 District Per State Can Be Patent Venue
Law360 (May 15, 2018, 8:13 PM EDT) -- Rebuking Eastern District of Texas Judge Rodney Gilstrap, the Federal Circuit ruled Tuesday that when companies are incorporated in states with multiple judicial districts, only one is the proper venue for a patent lawsuit, negating decisions that allowed suits in every district.
The appeals court granted a pair of petitions for writs of mandamus by BigCommerce Inc. and vacated Judge Gilstrap's decisions denying the e-commerce software company's motions to transfer two patent infringement suits against it out of the Eastern District of Texas.
The district judge ruled that because BigCommerce is incorporated in Texas and is headquartered in the state's Western...
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