The Kansas City Business Journal spoke with Erise IP’s Adam Seitz following the U.S. Supreme Court’s May 22 unanimous decision on the TC Heartland LLC and Kraft Foods Brands Group LLC case.
The Business Journal article “What a recent Supreme Court ruling on patents means to KC business” stated:
For many years, patent cases were treated differently from most other cases when it came to where you can sue, allowing plaintiffs to file lawsuits anywhere a defendant sold an infringing product. For businesses selling products nationwide, that essentially meant plaintiffs could shop around the entire United States to find the most friendly venue. That typically meant the Eastern District of Texas, which had a very quick path to trial and very strict rules on putting forward a defense
“People are saying the Eastern District of Texas is done with this now, but I don’t think that’s right, just because there are so many businesses and employees there,” Seitz said. “There are a lot of smaller companies like Digital Ally in Kansas, who may get sued in the Northern District of Georgia but not have a regular and established place of business there. Now they have an opportunity to have the case brought back here to their home court where they can have a jury of their peers who are involved in the community to hear the case.”
Seitz added the Eastern District of Texas could see a thousand motions to dismiss in the coming weeks.
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