Fitzpatrick Case Update
March 28, 2017
On March 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Brands Group LLC. This case concerns whether part of the general venue statute, 28 U.S.C. 1391 (“§ 1391”), which allows a corporation to be sued in multiple districts, applies to the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C § 1400(b) (“§ 1400”). If the Supreme Court rules in TC Heartland’s favor, venue in patent cases potentially could be limited to those districts where the defendant is incorporated or has a regular and established place of business.