On May 22, 2017, the US Supreme Court unanimously rejected prior case law allowing patent holders to rely on the general venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1391(c), to file suit where a domestic defendant makes sales. TC Heartland, LLC v. Kraft Foods Grp. Brands, LLC, 581 U.S. &under;&under; (2017). Now, patent holders are required to follow the specific patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), which requires suing “where the defendant resides,” or “has committed...
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