Latest Supreme Court decision on venue further restricts patent lawsuits

Another Supreme Court term, another setback for patent owners, and another reason legislative patent reform may continue to be stymied. Late last month, the Supreme Court issued its eagerly-awaited decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods, holding that corporations can be sued for patent infringement only in geographies in which they’re incorporated or have an established place of business. The IP Watchdog blog was quick to label the ruling the latest in “a decade-plus line of cases that have continually eroded the rights of patent owners.” So what exactly happened?