Venue Discovery May Help Patent Owners Keep Suits In WDTX

By Britain Eakin (May 23, 2022, 9:16 PM EDT) -- Patent owners wanting to avoid mandamus orders from the Federal Circuit and keep infringement suits in the Western District of Texas need to be more aggressive in venue-related discovery, according to a panel of attorneys who said the Federal Circuit is eager to steer cases away from Judge Alan Albright's courtroom.

The Federal Circuit has repeatedly rebuked Judge Albright for how he analyzes various factors when defendants file motions to transfer out of his rocket docket in Waco, Texas. The appeals court has ruled that Judge Albright — who oversees the nation's busiest patent docket — abused his discretion to keep...

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