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The Impact of TC Heartland on Copyright Venue

The Supreme Court sparked a seismic shift in patent litigation recently when it upset the long-standing interpretation of 28 U.S.C. §1400(b), the special patent venue statute. TC Heartland held that for the purposes of patent venue, the meaning of "resides" in Section 1400(b) is not supplemented by the broad definition of "resides" in the general venue provision, 28 U.S.C. §1391.

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The Supreme Court sparked a seismic shift in patent litigation recently when it upset the long-standing interpretation of 28 U.S.C. §1400(b), the special patent venue statute. TC Heartland held that for the purposes of patent venue, the meaning of “resides” in Section 1400(b) is not supplemented by the broad definition of “resides” in the general venue provision, 28 U.S.C. §1391. TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 581 U.S. __ (2017).

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