Roadblocks To Establishing Personal Jurisdiction

Law360, New York (April 16, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In patent litigation, as in all civil litigation, the choice of forum is often controlled by whether a court in the selected forum can exercise personal jurisdiction over the alleged infringer/defendant.

Where the defendant lacks sufficient contacts with the selected forum to justify a court’s general jurisdiction over it, personal jurisdiction over the defendant will turn on whether the defendant’s acts come within the ambit of the selected forum’s long-arm statute granting specific jurisdiction.

Once in a while, facts that would seem to support personal jurisdiction...
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