On Monday, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled that a specialized appeals court had followed incorrect legal standards – for almost 30 years. The end game of this decision is that patent holders can no longer shop for a “friendly” venue to file patent infringements. It was this type of shopping that helped non-practicing entities (patent trolls) victimize the printing industry several years ago.
Although this may be a bit late for our industry, it’s a beneficial move since legislation has been stymied for the past four years because of partisanship and special interests. Supremes — you rock!