Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
This program will consider likely and suggested moves for plaintiffs and defendants over the next months while litigants wait for the U.S. Supreme Court decision in TC Heartland. If the justices decide to overturn the Federal Circuit’s liberal stance toward venue, it could well reshape patent litigation, curtailing the number of cases that can be filed in the Eastern District of Texas, the leading beneficiary of forum-shopping. Last year, EDTX received more case filings than the next four U.S. court districts combined, and that number is likely to fall if venue is restricted to where the defendant is incorporated or has a place of business.
Jeffrey Bragalone of Bragalone Conroy PC, Colette Reiner Mayer of Morrison & Foerster LLP, and Michael Smith of Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith LLP will consider likely and suggested moves for plaintiffs and defendants over the next months while litigants wait for the U.S. Supreme Court decision in TC Heartland. Among the issues to be considered by the panel will be: