Nuisance Patent Suits Could Decline After TC Heartland

By Matthew Bultman (May 23, 2017, 8:56 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to place limits on where patent lawsuits can be filed could make life difficult for some so-called patent trolls, experts said, potentially cutting down the number of nuisance lawsuits hoping to extract a quick settlement.

In a unanimous ruling Monday, the court rejected the Federal Circuit's interpretation of the law covering patent venue and reinstated a more restrictive standard that will limit the ability of patent owners to seek out favorable courts as places to file their lawsuits.

The ruling, which came in a dispute between TC Heartland LLC and Kraft Food Brands Group LLC, isn't...

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