The firm’s Paul Skiermont is quoted in a Texas Lawbook article that documents the decline of patent lawsuits filed in the Eastern District of Texas, and a corresponding rise in such litigation in the Northern District of Texas. Mr. Skiermont and other attorneys interviewed for the article agree that this trend is the direct result of a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions and federal legislation during the past four years that restrict the jurisdictions where even legitimate patent disputes can be filed. “If Delaware is viewed as a black hole where patent cases languish, lawyers will get creative to avoid the backlog and we will see renewed efforts to expand venue,” he says in the article. “I think the judges in the Eastern District are taking a more expansive view of what physical presence means. Some of those views have been reversed and some have been upheld.”

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