In TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, the U.S. Supreme Court upended nearly 30 years of established practice in the world of patent litigation. It has long been assumed in the field that patent infringement suits may be filed in any jurisdiction in which the infringing product is sold. Accordingly, many patent infringement suits were filed in the Eastern District of Texas, which developed a reputation of having a fast-moving docket and knowledgeable judges. The Supreme Court’s recent holding that infringement suits must be filed in the jurisdiction of the defendant’s domicile means that much of this litigation will move to popular corporate domicile jurisdictions such as Delaware and Nevada.
Following on our recent commentary, we present the following roundup of commentary and industry reactions:
- New York Times: "Supreme Court Ruling Could Hinder ‘Patent Trolls.’"
- Bloomberg: "U.S. Supreme Court Puts New Curbs on Locations of Patent Suits."
- ArsTechnica: "Supreme Court makes it much harder for patent trolls to sue in East Texas."
- IPWatchdog: "Industry reaction to SCOTUS patent venue decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Food Group."
- Electronic Frontiers Foundation: "Supreme Court Ends Texas' Grip on Patent Cases."