Patent Venue Ruling Will Force Texas Firms To Branch Out

Law360, Dallas (May 22, 2017, 9:34 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday placing new restrictions on where patent suits can be filed will force Texas-based intellectual property practices to compete for business beyond the longtime litigation hub of the Eastern District of Texas, but it isn't a death knell for Texas patent cases, lawyers say.

The high court unanimously sided with liquid sweetener maker TC Heartland LLC in holding that a domestic corporation "resides" only in its state of incorporation for purposes of patent venue statute 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) . Though the TC Heartland case didn't directly involve a Texas court, it was widely viewed as...

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