Some Patent Lawsuits Getting Moved Out Of East Texas
from the about-time dept
We’ve covered how and why many patent infringement lawsuits are filed in East Texas, but in March of last year, courts were given more leeway in transferring those cases out of East Texas to somewhere more convenient. Of course, that hasn’t stopped the massive filings in East Texas, sometimes in absurd situations, such as the one where some Silicon Valley lawyers whose offices are on the same street just a few blocks away from software giant Adobe filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the company in East Texas.
However, it does look like the Federal Circuit is at least somewhat paying attention to this issue, and recently transferred a patent infringement lawsuit out of Marshall, Texas, to Ohio, after noting that Ohio was “far more convenient.” Hopefully, we’ll start to see more actions like this when it’s abundantly clear that the only reason the lawsuit was filed in East Texas was due to jurisdiction shopping for the most favorable venue.