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TC Heartland Won't End EDTX's Influence Over Patent Law

Law360, San Diego (November 7, 2017, 3:43 PM EST) -- The Eastern District of Texas is no longer the top patent venue after the U.S. Supreme Court put limits on where such suits can be brought in its landmark TC Heartland decision in May, but the district's chief judge and many attorneys in Texas insist it will continue to play an instrumental role in patent litigation and could see benefits from a lighter docket.

The high court in May scrapped a Federal Circuit rule allowing patent suits to be filed almost anywhere the defendant makes sales, siding with TC Heartland LLC's bid for greater restrictions on patent venue.

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