In Reuters, Scott McKeown Discusses Search for New U.S. Patent Litigation Hub
In a Reuters article, IP litigation partner and PTAB chair Scott McKeown discussed the next potential patent litigation hub after a recent order to break up the docket of U.S. District Judge Alan Albright and distribute his cases among the 12 judges in the Western District of Texas.
Nearly a quarter of all U.S. patent cases are currently pending before Judge Albright. The Eastern District of Texas, where Judge Rodney Gilstrap had the nation's most active patent docket before Judge Albright, had fewer than half as many new cases as West Texas.
Scott notes that while Texas will still remain popular, the Eastern District of Virginia is another jurisdiction that could see more patent litigation. Like Judge Albright's court, the Virginia district is known for handling cases quickly, which generally favors plaintiffs.