Kenneth Parker in the Daily Journal on Biggest IP Rulings in 2017


The Daily Journal quoted Haynes and Boone Partner Kenneth Parker in its “Year in Review” look at Intellectual Property law.

The Daily Journal reported that two key rulings, including one by the U.S. Supreme Court, are affecting where plaintiffs file patent infringement lawsuits in one of many developments affecting intellectual property law in 2017.

The report said that, in a major victory for defendants, the high court in May tightened restrictions on where patent cases can be filed, limiting them to districts where the alleged infringer is incorporated, has an established business, or where the infringement occurred. TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Food Group Brands LLC, 2017 DJDAR 4633.

“It was by far, hands down, the biggest case of the year,” said Kenneth G. Parker, a Costa Mesa-based partner with Haynes and Boone, LLP.

The case, and a subsequent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, is already affecting where patent lawsuits are filed. More complaints have been filed in California districts, where many companies are based and incorporated, and in the District of Delaware, where many California-based companies are incorporated, patent lawyers said. ...

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