Supreme Court to Hear Case on Patent Jurisdiction

In a move that may shake-up U.S. patent law, the Supreme Court decided to hear a case about where patent owners can file lawsuits -- a case that will likely put an end to a special Texas cottage industry that has been a thorn in the side of big business. The case will affect a judicial region known as the Eastern District of Texas, which for years has been a hothouse of patent lawsuits thanks to plaintiff-friendly laws and juries that have a reputation for handing out outsize damages awards.