Hughes Can't Transfer Patent Suit Under TC Heartland

By Nicole Narea (June 22, 2017, 5:55 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge refused a satellite broadband technology company's request to transfer a patent infringement suit against it out of the Eastern District of Texas in spite of the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision last month, arguing that it had waived its right to seek transfer by failing to do so earlier.

Hughes Network Systems LLC had argued that it could not have previously sought transfer because the ruling in TC Heartland v. Kraft had not yet been issued, but U.S. Magistrate Judge Roy S. Payne disagreed Tuesday, saying it should have raised objections to the forum in its...

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