Bill Curbing EDTX Patent Docket May Have Legs In Congress

Law360, New York (March 24, 2016, 3:01 PM EDT) -- A Senate bill that would place new restrictions on where patent lawsuits can be filed would effectively shut down the busy patent docket in the Eastern District of Texas and could get enough support to become law, even though broader patent legislation has stalled, attorneys say.

The bill, introduced March 17, would restrict patent suits to courts where the defendant has a place of business or is incorporated, or where the patented invention was developed, among other factors.

The bill appears aimed at preventing patent suits from being filed in the Eastern District of Texas, which saw 45.5 percent of all...

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