Patent Venue Questions For States With Multiple Districts

By David Tobin (July 28, 2017, 4:06 PM EDT) -- The District of Delaware is the sole federal judicial district in its state, whereas Texas, California and other states each have multiple federal districts. This may seem like a geographic triviality, but the distinction between a single-district state and a multidistrict state may matter more after the U.S. Supreme Court's May 2017 decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods. The decision in TC Heartland may reopen a long-dormant split among district courts as to where a corporation "resides" for patent-venue purposes. For states with multiple federal judicial districts, does the corporation reside in all districts within the state of its incorporation,...

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