Supreme Court Review 2017/2018 TERM
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017
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Issue:  Patent Venue Statute

TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC

16-341

QUESTION(S) PRESENTED

Whether the patent venue statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), which provides that patent infringement actions “may be brought in the judicial district where the defendant resides[,]” is the sole and exclusive provision governing venue in patent infringement actions and is not to be supplemented by the statute governing “[v]enue generally,” 28 U.S.C. § 1391, which has long contained a subsection (c) that, where applicable, deems a corporate entity to reside in multiple judicial districts.

DECISION

Fully Briefed and Argued
Awaiting Decision

ORAL ARGUMENT

Argued March 27, 2017

Appearences
On Behalf of Petitioner TC Heartland LLC
James W. Dabney, New York, N. Y.
On Behalf of Respondent Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC
William M. Jay, Washington, D. C.
Transcript
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Merit Briefs
Brief for Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for Respondent (pdf download)
Amicus Curiae Briefs
Brief for 48 Internet Companies, Retailers, and Associations in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for 61 Professors of Law and Economics in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for ACT - APP Association in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for American Bankers Association, the Clearing House Payments Company LLC, Financial Services Roundtable and Consumer Bankers Association in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for BSA - the Software Alliance in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for Engine Advocacy in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for Intel Corporation and Dell Inc in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for National Association of Realtors in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for the American Bar Association in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for the Generic Pharmaceutical Association in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for the Orange County Intellectual Property Law Association in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for the Software & Information Industry Association in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for The States Of Texas, et al in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for Unified Patents Inc in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)
Brief for Washington Legal Foundation in Support of Petitioner (pdf download)

PROCEEDING BELOW

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Decided April 29, 2016
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