Texas Patent Litigators Diversify After TC Heartland

Law360 (May 21, 2018, 4:22 PM EDT) -- Though it's still a vibrant hub for patent litigation, the Eastern District of Texas' volume of new cases is well below half what it was before the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision, and Texas patent litigators are fulfilling predictions that the justices' new venue requirements would force them to turn their focus away from the once-dominant local docket.

The Eastern District, which became an unlikely hot spot for patent litigation in the late 2000s, still gets about 13 percent of the country's new patent cases, according to data from Lex Machina. But its outright dominance — it got about a...

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