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The Washington Post Quotes Nutter’s Paul Cronin on Supreme Court’s Ruling in TC Heartland v. Kraft

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05.22.2017

Paul Cronin, a partner in Nutter’s Litigation and Intellectual Property Departments and a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice group, weighed in on the Supreme Court’s ruling in TC Heartland v. Kraft, which limits companies suing for patent infringement in courts considered amenable to their cause. In the article, “Supreme Court limits locations of patent lawsuits,” Paul analyzes the Supreme Court’s decision and notes it will represent a “seismic shift.” According to Paul, the decision “deals a severe blow to non-practicing entities or ‘patent trolls,’ and shifts home court advantage to companies accused of patent infringement.”

The Supreme Court reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruling in which patent lawsuits can be filed wherever a company has even minimal sales of its products. That ruling gave plaintiffs more leeway, resulting in a number of cases being filed in a federal court in east Texas, where the court is seen as sympathetic to plaintiffs.

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