Known for the headquarters of the Texas and Pacific Railway and as the birthplace of "boogie-woogie," for the last 15 years it has also been known as one of the unlikely centers for patent infringement lawsuits in the U.S. Published reports indicate that in 2016, more than one-third of the 4,500-plus patent infringement lawsuits filed nationwide in the federal courts were filed in the Marshall-based U.S. District Court's Eastern District of Texas (www.txed.uscourts.gov). A patent infringement lawsuit is based on the assertion by a patent owner-the plaintiff in the lawsuit-that some other person or company has infringed or illegally used a patent that the plaintiff owns. Under U.S. law, all patent infringement issues and disputes are under the jurisdiction of the federal, as opposed to state, courts. The federal court system has a geographic component, with trials being held at federal district courts, which are arranged regionally. [...]an interpretation of the two statutes that govern personal jurisdiction in patent cases-Title 28, sections 1391 and 1400 of the U.S. Code (law.cornell.edu/uscode)- determined that the rules over what constitutes doing business in a particular district were very broad, including product sales or similar transactions.
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