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Understanding Venue in IP Cases
Venue is the geographic location in which a legal injury is declared to have been done, or fact of law is declared to have happened, and thus determines which court has proper authority to hear and decide a matter.
“Any civil action for patent infringement may be brought in the judicial district where the defendant resides or where the defendant has committed acts of infringement and has a regular and established place of business.”
Courts have interpreted the first phrase “where the defendant resides” as follows:
The second phrase: “Where the defendant has committed acts of infringement and has a regular place of business” is more controversial, and is often the subject of dispute.
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