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Supreme Court Removes Patent Litigation from the Heartland of Texas

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

For years, patent assertion entities have filed patent lawsuits against retailers in federal court in Texas. The Supreme Court’s recent decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC may give retailers the...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Venue Waiver After TC Heartland

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Federal Circuit issued guidance yesterday for district courts deciding venue challenges after the Supreme Court’s May 2017 decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. In In re Micron Technology, Inc.,...more

Federal Circuit Holds TC Heartland Is an Intervening Change in the Law

by Morgan Lewis on

The court offers clarification on a patent litigation venue issue that has caused “widespread disagreement” nationwide....more

Yahoo Asks Federal Circuit to Determine Whether TC Heartland Changed, or Merely Clarified, Venue Rules

In an interesting development in the post-TC Heartland world, it appears that the Federal Circuit will soon answer the question whether the Supreme Court’s venue decision was a change in the law, or merely a course-correction...more

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Mylan Pharms., Inc.

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Case Name: Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Mylan Pharms., Inc., Civ. No. 17-379-LPS, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146372 (D. Del. Sept. 11, 2017) (Stark, J.)... Drug Product and U.S. Patent: Eliquis® (apixaban); U.S. Patents Nos....more

Judge Broderick Finds That TC Heartland Affected a “Sea Change” and Grants Motion to Dismiss For Improper Venue

On October 20, 2017, District Judge Vernon Broderick (S.D.N.Y.) granted Defendants' Watters Design, Inc.'s, Essense of Australia, Inc.'s, and David's Bridal, Inc.'s motions to dismiss under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure...more

Valid Reasons May Exist For Reincorporating In Delaware, But This Isn’t One Of Them

by Allen Matkins on

I am always interested in the reasons that corporations give when seeking approval to reincorporate from California to Delaware. One company in a recently filed proxy statement made the following claim (among others)...more

Your State Or Mine: Patent Lawsuits Can Now Only Be Brought Where Corporations Have Physical Locations

For decades, companies have been subject to patent infringement lawsuits almost anywhere that they had sales, whether through a physical store or online. Often, based on online sales, the defendant corporation could be...more

Federal Circuit Shoots Down Eastern District Of Texas Patent Venue Test

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

September 21, 2017. On a petition for writ of mandamus, the Federal Circuit ordered the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to transfer venue of a patent action—rejecting the four-part venue test proposed...more

Veil-Piercing Under California Law – Heightened Risks for Fund Managers

We recently posted about the risks associated with veil-piercing claims and the ways in which fund managers can protect themselves from exposure to these claims. Our first post on veil-piercing focused on Delaware standards,...more

Does the Federal Circuit's In re Cray Decision Suggest a New Business Model for Savvy Infringers?

Patent law has always been tasked with interpreting law in an ever-shifting factual environment, where well-established principles need to be applied to new technology. Twenty years ago, the Federal Circuit grappled with the...more

Judge Gilstrap’s Patent Venue Test Gets Slapped Down

In its decision, the Federal Circuit also took the opportunity to clarify the Supreme Court’s recent TC Heartland decision and set forth three general requirements to determine where a defendant maintains “a regular and...more

Federal Circuit Holds that the “Required and Established Place of Business” for Patent Infringement Venue Under §1400(b) Requires...

Brief Summary The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that to find a “required and established place of business” for venue in a civil action for patent infringement, the court must identify “a physical...more

Federal Circuit Clarifies Venue Law in the Wake of TC Heartland

by Morgan Lewis on

On September 21, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion in In re: Cray Inc. clarifying how district courts should determine whether a patent infringement defendant maintains a “regular and...more

Interpretations of TC Heartland Add Uncertainty to Patent Litigation

In May 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods reversed more than 25 years of Federal Circuit precedent when it held that for venue purposes a corporation is resident only in its state of incorporation. In...more

District of Delaware “Clips”- Off Venue-Discovery for Medical Device Company but Allows It for Pharmaceutical Company

by Orrick - IP Landscape on

Boston Sci. Corp. v. Cook Grp., Inc., No. 15-980-LPS-CJB, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146126, at *2 (D. Del. Sep. 11, 2017); Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Mylan Pharm., Inc., No. 17-379-LPS, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 146372, at *3 (D....more

Back to “Normal”?: Patent Venue After TC Heartland

On May 22, 2017, in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, the Supreme Court reversed decades of expansive patent venue interpretation by the Federal Circuit. A succinct 10-page opinion by Justice Thomas...more

Business Litigation Report - August 2017

Supreme Court Highlights Importance of Statute-Specific Venue Rules - The Supreme Court upended nearly thirty years of practice when it ruled, in the TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC U.S. , 137 S.Ct. 1514...more

August 2017: Supreme Court Highlights Importance of Statute-Specific Venue Rules

The Supreme Court upended nearly thirty years of practice when it ruled, in the TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC U.S. , 137 S.Ct. 1514 (May 22, 2017), that actions for patent infringement may only be brought...more

Recent Supreme Court Decision Constrains Forum Shopping in Patent Infringement Cases

by Lane Powell PC on

Until recently, if you were a plaintiff and wanted to bring a patent infringement claim, you could file suit almost anywhere. That has now changed....more

District Courts Remain Split on TC Heartland and Waiver of Improper Venue Defense

The Supreme Court’s decision five months ago in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Group Brands was a sea change in the way courts interpret venue for patent infringement cases. Since the Federal Circuit’s decision in VE Holding...more

SCOTUS Rules Out-of-State Plaintiffs’ Access to State Courts Limited by 14th Amendment

by Clark Hill PLC on

In the recent decision, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS) v. Superior Court (2017) ___ US ____, the Supreme Court followed a string of recent decisions by further limiting out of state plaintiffs’ access to courts in...more

Back to Basics: A Review of Recent SCOTUS Personal Jurisdiction Jurisprudence

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As its term drew to a close, the Supreme Court handed down its latest decision on personal jurisdiction in a case entitled Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of Cal., San Francisco Cty. Over the last six years, the...more

Return of the Rocket Docket?: New Case Law Potentially Changes the Tide of Patent Lawsuits Fleeing Favored Venues

by Baker Donelson on

The United States Supreme Court’s May decision in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC was widely seen as a limitation on the jurisdictions in which a patent owner can file infringement claims. That decision set...more

MoFo IP Newsletter - July 2017

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Supreme Court Hits Reset on Patent Venue Law in TC Heartland - In the recent TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC decision, the Supreme Court reversed nearly thirty years of patent venue law and held that a...more

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