Date: September 30, 2020
By: Henry Y. Huang, Bijal Vakil
Over the past two years, many technology companies have become patent infringement defendants in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas (the "Western District"). This includes many corporations with operations in and around Austin, Texas, a growing US technology hub.
Importantly, many Taiwanese technology companies maintain operations within the Western District.
Patent litigation moves rapidly in this jurisdiction, compared to other US venues, making it the latest US patent "rocket docket." Defending against patent infringement charges in the Western District creates two major concerns for technology companies. First, fast-paced adversarial proceedings create pressure to respond and adapt quickly. Second, most companies historically have found it difficult to transfer their cases to another venue. [FULL STORY]