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Federal Circuit to debate patent jurisdiction in Heartland case

Michael Loney, New York

Oral arguments in In Re: TC Heartland will be heard today March 11. The case seeks to overturn the 1990 Federal Circuit case VE Holding v Johnson Gas Appliance, which gave patent owners more options on where to sue

TC Heartland is asking the Federal Circuit to overturn the precedent and restore more stringent venue restrictions through a writ of mandamus. 

The stakes are highDennis Crouch on the Patently-O blog commented: "If the petitioner here wins, we could see...

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