Ken Parker in the Orange County Business Journal: Santa Ana’s Intellectual Property


Orange County’s federal district judges have been a key to the emergence of Santa Ana as a venue of choice for patent litigation among lawyers throughout the U.S.

Another factor: a diverse economy driven by intellectual property in industries ranging from computer chips and medical devices to traditional manufacturing of everything from patio furniture to slot machines.

Add those up, and the Santa Ana court for the southern division of the U.S. Central District has become one of the most popular places in the U.S. for filing patent cases—on par with the historically patent case-heavy Eastern District of Texas and District of Delaware courts...

Growth Market
Patent litigation has been on an uptrend in the U.S. in general, buoyed by corporate America’s rising interest and investment in intellectual property, as well as by a growing number of individuals and nonpracticing entities that are trying to monetize patents, said Kenneth Parker, a partner at the Irvine office of Haynes and Boone, LLP.

Parker pointed to the America Invents Act passed in 2011 that makes it tougher for a plaintiff to consolidate multiple defendants into one patent-infringement case.

Excperted from the Orange County Business Journal, January 21, 2014. To view full article, click here (subscription required).

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