"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Patent Trolls, Venue Shopping and the U.S. Supreme Court's Landmark Decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands

At the ABA Journal Supreme Court Report, Mark Walsh gives us a nice analysis of the very important patent case
TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands
in Supreme Court makes venue shopping harder for patent trolls.

We already posted at LawPundit in May about the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) on the case in question in
U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Reverses Long-Standing Lax Federal Circuit Patent Venue Rule.

Walsh refers to Stanford Law School intellectual property expert Professor Mark A. Lemley, who calls the Heartland decision SCOTUS's "most important patent ruling" since the Supreme's 2014 decision in the patent eligibility case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International ("what is patentable subject matter").

Take a look at Supreme Court Reins In Patent Venue by Dennis Crouch at Patently O for an interesting United States map of patent venues prior to
TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC. Change was necessary!