On December 28, 2021, Chris Loh was quoted in Bloomberg Law on the top patent litigation issues going into 2022, including West Texas venue arguments.
According to the article, Judge Alan Albright has turned Waco, Texas into a major hub for patent litigation. Albright’s courtroom has seen more new patent complaints in 2021 than any other federal district court in the United States, and his reluctance to send patent suits away has led to some pushback from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Patent owners have also taken some unusual approaches in an attempt to keep their cases in Waco.
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas has “basically turned into a laboratory” said Loh. “There are a lot of creative arguments and the ones that get too creative get struck by the Federal Circuit,” he added.
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