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High Court Patent Ruling Spurs Litigation Strategy Shift

May 22, 2018, 11:01 AM

One year after the Supreme Court changed the landscape for patent lawsuits, attorneys are adapting to a system with stricter rules for U.S. companies than ones based in other countries.

The high court made it more difficult for patent owners to sue U.S. companies in plaintiffs’ preferred courts. The decision changed the geography of patent litigation by moving cases away from venues with reputations for being friendly to patent holders, such as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

By strengthening the limits on where domestic companies can be sued, the ruling in TC Heartland v. Kraft ...