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Supreme Court makes it easier for companies to defend patent cases

Supreme Court makes it easier for companies to defend patent cases

The Supreme Court just made it easier for companies to defend themselves against patent infringement lawsuits.

The justices ruled unanimously Monday that such lawsuits can be filed only in states where the target companies are incorporated. The issue is important to many companies that complained about patent owners “shopping” for favorable courts in other parts of the country to file lawsuits.

The case involved an appeal from TC Heartland, an Indiana-based food sweetener company sued by Kraft Foods in Delaware. Lower courts refused to transfer the case to Indiana.

But the Supreme Court's ruling will have the biggest effect on federal courts in eastern Texas, where...

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