SUPREME COURT ISSUES 5–4 OPINION IN HIGH–PROFILE STATE TAX CASE

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On June 21, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., the most significant state tax case to face the high court in decades. In a narrow, 5-4 decision, the Court overruled long–standing precedent, announced first in National Bellas Hess v. Department of Revenue of Illinois (1967) and...

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TC Heartland Venue Argument Was Not “Available” Before TC Heartland Opinion Issued

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In this week’s episode of Patent Venue, when is a change in the law a change in the law? On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in TC Heartland, reversing the Federal Circuit and reaffirming that a corporate defendant can only be sued for patent infringement either in its state of residence...

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Spokeo Speaks — Again

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In Robins v. Spokeo, Inc., the U.S. Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit has again allowed a case to go forward on a gossamer thread of alleged “harm,” despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s admonition that concrete harm must alleged.

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Oil States Versus The Administrative State

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The Supreme Court has now heard from the petitioner in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC. At issue is not only the fate of inter partes review of patents by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, but possibly the ability of administrative agencies to review and retract their own erroneous decisions....

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Supreme Court’s Federal Circuit Reversal Streak Continues

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The 2016 Term of the Supreme Court has not been kind to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the specialized appellate court that handles all patent appeals. In each of the six patent cases from the Federal Circuit decided by the Supreme Court, reversal was the result. Specifically, the high court: Reversed the Federal Circuit...

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Supreme Court Sharply Limits Patent Forum–Shopping In TC Heartland

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Today, May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court struck a powerful blow against forum–shopping in patent litigation and the related patent troll plague. In a concise opinion by Justice Thomas in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, a unanimous Supreme Court held that a domestic corporation “resides” only in its State of incorporation for purpose...

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TC Heartland: A View from the (Supreme) Courtroom

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Having led the team that filed an amicus curiae brief for 48 Internet companies, retailers, and associations in support of TC Heartland, Peter Brann attended the oral argument in TC Heartland v. Kraft at the Supreme Court yesterday. Though not a disinterested observer, he offers these thoughts on what he saw: Although the venue question presented...

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Wall Street Journal Quotes Peter Brann On Impact Of Major Supreme Court Patent Case

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In a March 23, 2017, article, the Wall Street Journal quotes Partner Peter Brann on the potential impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in a major patent case, TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands. The case, which is scheduled for oral argument on Monday, March 27, 2017, has the potential to put a stop...

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Patent Trolls Still Can’t Find A Way Through Alice’s Looking Glass

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We (and others) have written frequently and at length about the impact of Alice v. CLS Bank on patent litigation—how the test set out in that case has enabled litigants and courts to obtain an early determination of whether a patent claims a viable invention or just an abstract idea. Parties who assert patents in...

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Supreme Court May Take Its Chance To End Forum Shopping

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Before closing up shop for the holidays, the Supreme Court issued a short order which, among other things, granted the cert. petition filed in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, LLC. By taking this case, the Court has given hope to those of us concerned about forum shopping, and the over–concentration of patent...

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