Actually, you can't really run, either.
Your HQ might be in Silicon Valley, but patent trolls can sue you in any jurisdiction in the U.S. Don't ask us if it's fair (it's not) - being able to pick the forum for litigation is unique to patent trolls, and a bit of a headache for entrepreneurs and executives like you.
We've got Advil, but before it starts working, your headache is only going to get worse.
Because the advantage to "forum shopping," as it's called in the legal world, is that patent trolls get to choose the forum most advantageous to them. In patent litigation, that would be a forum where the perceived benefits are a "plaintiff-friendly" district with an expedited pre-trial process and, ultimately, larger damage awards.
And that forum happens to be about 220 miles north from our law offices in Houston, located in Marshall, TX. It's called the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas. Its perceived friendliness with patent trolls is why the Eastern District has become such a haven for them.
Do you know where over half of new patent lawsuits were filed in 2015?
That's right: The Eastern District.
Want to Learn More?
If you want to read a bit more about patent troll litigation, we've written a play-by-play on what a patent troll is, how they operate, and what you can do about them. We also have an update on some of the latest law on patent trolls & venue selection in Eastern Texas Courts. And, if you really want to dig deep, our page - Defending Against Patent Infringement Claims has detailed information about defending your business against patent infringement claims.
If you want to talk about what you can do about a patent troll, call Simon "Trey" Hendershot at 713-783-3110. Based in Houston, the lawyers of Hendershot, Cannon, Martin & Hisey, P.C., make a significant part of their practice in defending businesses that face patent trolls in the Eastern District of Texas.