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TC Heartland Changes Venue Rules for Patent Litigation

Introduction

Venue for patent litigation had been an agreed concept for close to three decades before the United States Supreme Court came down with its TC Heartland decision. Now with this decision in the books, patent litigation has changed drastically, causing significant impact in certain areas of the country, especially Texas.

Inventor Series: What are patent claims?

In my previous ‘inventor series’ post here, I discussed some of the factors and considerations that go into an answer for the question “Should I get a patent?”  In order to receive a patent, an inventor must first start with a patent application.  The most important part about the patent application - that which defines the legal boundaries - is the claims.  Why? Because patent infringement (or non-infringement) is based on an assessment of the claims of an issued patent.  Whether it is drafting claims for a new application or amending claims after examination, how the claims are treated during the patent application process is of criticality.