TC Heartland Could Make Enforcing Patents More Expensive

By Matthew Bultman (June 2, 2017, 9:10 PM EDT) -- With the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision narrowing where infringement lawsuits can be filed, attorneys say patent owners may now have to spread their enforcement efforts over multiple venues with less experienced judges, a more expensive prospect that could lead to conflicting results.

Until last month's decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Brands Group, patent owners enjoyed nearly three decades where they could sue alleged infringers anywhere the defendants made sales. It wasn't uncommon to see plaintiffs file lawsuits against numerous defendants over the same patent, or the same group of patents, in a single court.

But after TC Heartland,...

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