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Client Alert: US Supreme Court Narrows Venue for Patent Infringement, Limiting Plaintiffs’ Ability to Sue Outside Defendants’ State of Incorporation

On Monday, May 22, a unanimous US Supreme Court in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC sharply limited venue for patent infringement cases, slashing the ability of patent plaintiffs to pick their forum—in particular, the Eastern District of Texas, where plaintiffs have increasingly chosen to file suit and where nearly half of all patent litigation takes place.