CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2017 — At the request of its Section of Intellectual Property Law, the American Bar Association has submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the petitioner in United States Supreme Court TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341 (“TC Heartland”). The ABA’s brief urges the Supreme Court to conclude that the special patent venue statute limits venue for a corporate defendant to either where the defendant resides or where it has committed acts of infringement and has a regular and established place of business. Such a conclusion would reverse the holdings of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has, for the last 27 years, interpreted patent venue law to allow patent infringement actions to be filed nationwide.
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