Invalidating an issued patent
Thus, corporations are likely to be viewed with more suspicion in East Texas than they are in places like New York, Delaware, or even Dallas, just a few hours away from Tyler and other East Texas courthouse locations.
Finally, while research and anecdotal evidence has suggested that U. jurors nationwide are generally pro-plaintiff, In the context of such beliefs, infringement on intellectual property is akin to trespassing on physical property, and is taken equally seriously.
The causes that have been suggested are judges with expertise and experience in patent litigation, local rules that are often favorable to the plaintiff, a general judicial disinclination to grant summary judgment and jurors who tend to favor patent holders – so much so that for one three year period, there were 20 consecutive plaintiff victories without a single defense win in a patent case in the district.
Judicial expertise in patent cases, local rules that favor plaintiffs and a faster-than-average case disposition time have also helped to establish the District as a preferred venue for patent plaintiffs.
In fact, the district – and in particular Marshall – has been called a "haven for patent pirates" While terms like these clearly reflect the distaste that many have expressed for plaintiffs' rush to East Texas, it is worth noting that the plaintiffs are aided in their forum-shopping by a venue that has, at least to some extent, worked to lure litigants to the area.
Harrison County, home to Marshall, where the large majority of Eastern District patent cases are filed).
panels seen at the Tyler courthouse in early 2010, college graduates and IT professionals were reasonably well-represented, suggesting that there may be considerable variability in the region, and that more educated people may be overrepresented on some panels.