May 2017 Archives
Nearly three decades ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Washington D.C.-based patent court, issued a landmark ruling concerning where patent cases may be filed by plaintiffs. Specifically, the 1990 decision held that such suits could be filed anywhere a named defendant has even a minor sales presence.
You are a homeowner. How would you feel if your home in suburbia were settled next to a big industrial building? Say you are the owner of a large factory. How would you feel about having to keep the noise level down so your neighbors could sleep?
Sure, as the song says, Hotel California might be "such a lovely place," but that does not mean that any lovely place can assume the name or essence of "Hotel California." The Eagles' rock song is a classic. Some people might assume that a subject of pop culture that is so well-known and ingrained in our culture is meant for all to enjoy and share.