Patent filings down 74% in the Eastern District of Texas in the wake of TC Heartland v Kraft Foods

The Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland v Kraft Foods which greatly restricted venue in patent cases has had a tremendous impact. Patent case filings in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas are down a full 74% from the point just before the Supreme Court ruling.

The Supreme Court ruled that venue in patent cases is proper only in a district where the defendant is headquartered or has a significant physical presence. Previously, patent trolls could file suit wherever they pleased and the Eastern District of Texas became popular because several of its judges where notoriously friendly to civil plaintiffs.

The majority of the cases that formerly would have gone to the Eastern District of Texas now must be filed in the District of Delaware, home of many corporations and business, and where the judges are not plaintiff friendly. Other cases are filed in whatever judicial district that happens to be the home turf of the defendant.

Glad to see that patent trolls have been dealt a fierce blow by the Supreme Court decision.

Now that is good news!

This is great news. It’s very sad to see small companies get bullied by these human mosquitos.

you mean judges impose their own biases?

Sounds like Texas has a good opportunity to replace Delaware the number one state to incorporate to me.

yeah, because companies will want to incorporate in a state that has judges that are friendly to patent trolls…

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The idea is to incorporate in places that DON’T have plaintiff friendly benches. That leaves Texas out. :smile:

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At the State Court level, Texas does have a few counties labelled as “judicial hellholes” meaning they are exceptionally friendly to the civil trial bar. It is not a statewide phenomenon, but is a problem in a number of counties.



BTW, Trump has three pending nominees to the Eastern District of Texas, all three of which appear to be hostile to the plaintiffs bar, including one nominee who practiced patent defense and thus would have gone head to head with patent trolls.

At least Trump is doing something useful. :smile: