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Another Prediction About Patent Cases After TC Heartland: More Multidistrict Litigation

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland is sure to change where patent cases are litigated. The most popular predictions about how TC Heartland will affect patent litigation include: (1) an increase in cases filed in Delaware and the Northern District of California; (2) the shuttering of the Eastern District of Texas; and (3) a reduction in low-value patent litigation in general. 

These predictions are sound, to be sure. But here is another prediction that has received less attention: The Supreme Court’s recent shake-up to venue law may lead to more patent cases centralized by the Multidistrict Litigation Panel.

Originally published in Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal.

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