May, 23rd, 2017

On May 22, the Supreme Court held that defendants in patent litigation can only be sued in districts where they are incorporated or have a principal place of business. The decision, TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, overturns nearly 30 years of Federal Circuit case law, which allowed defendants to be sued in almost any district where they conduct business. The decision is favorable to some defendants, who will no longer be hauled into distant and inconvenient locations where the defendant simply conducts business.

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