Supreme Court Limits Venue In Patent Cases To Districts Where The Defendant Resides Or Has A Regular And Established Place Of Business

Fitzpatrick Case Update
May 22, 2017

On May 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC issued a decision limiting venue in patent cases to districts in which the defendant is incorporated or where the defendant has committed acts of infringement and has a regular and established place of business.  The TC Heartland decision overturns long-standing Federal Circuit precedent under which patent defendants, for several decades, have been sued in states other than those in which they are incorporated or have regular places of business.

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