Why East Texas courts are back on “top” for patent lawsuits

Posted by BernardSwiss on Jan 18, 2013 4:05 PM EDT
Ars Technica; By Joe Mullin
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US federal courts are divided into 94 districts. When patent-holders file a lawsuit against a product that's sold nationwide, they have pretty wide leeway as to where to file their case. That's allowed for quite a bit of "venue shopping" in patent cases, and several years ago the remote and rural Eastern District of Texas started to become surprisingly popular.

Over time, East Texas became known as a place very friendly to patent plaintiffs and unfriendly to patent defendants, particularly out-of-state or foreign tech companies. Judges there were reluctant to let cases be transferred out of their district, and some patent-holding companies began setting up Texas LLCs in order to better argue that Texas was the right venue for them.

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