Thursday, January 17, 2013

East Texas is a hotbed for patent plaintiff "forum shopping"

Joe Mullin has an interesting article in Ars Technica about forum shopping for patent litigation.

Companies like to file patent lawsuits in East Texas courts because they get heard more quickly and because judges there are much more likely to let them be heard by (local) juries rather than dismiss them.  This increases defense costs, particularly for out-of-state or foreign companies and maybe individuals. 

Delaware is also a popular location for patent suits.

The link for the article is here

I lived in Dallas from 1979-1988 and am familiar with the generally flat area of pine-tree country.  It's "The South".  

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