Data Centers Complicate Patent Venue Standards

By Kevin Mosier (April 29, 2019, 4:00 PM EDT) -- As businesses continue to move away from traditional brick and mortar facilities in favor of the cloud, judicial conceptions of "regular and established" places of business have been challenged. This ongoing move toward automation and virtual communication presents complications with applying the patent venue statute[1] in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2017 decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC[2] and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's 2017 decision in In re Cray.[3]

These issues recently came to the forefront in Seven Networks LLC v. Google LLC,[4] where the U.S. District Court of the...

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