Analysis

Gilstrap Moves Over For America's Next Top Patent Judge

Law360, Wilmington (June 1, 2017, 7:39 PM EDT) -- For years, U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap has towered over patent jurisprudence, but if the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision sends patent litigants from Eastern Texas to California and Delaware, experts say the dynamics in those venues mean there's little chance any single judge will emerge as the next patent potentate.

The Eastern District of Texas, where Judge Gilstrap is based, has been home to nearly 40 percent of all patent suits filed nationwide over the last three years, as patent holders who saw the district as patent-friendly took advantage of a Federal Circuit rule that effectively allowed patent suits...

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