Federal Circuit Brings More Clarity to Rules Governing Proper Venue for Patent Cases

September 20, 2017

For years, the Eastern District of Texas has been the most popular forum for patent cases because it has generally been viewed to have patentee-friendly juries, judges, and procedures. But recent rulings from the Supreme Court (TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC, 137 S. Ct. 1514 (2017)) and the Federal Circuit (In re Cray Inc., No. 2017-129) are making it easier for defendants to escape the Eastern District for friendlier venues.

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