The Hague Service Convention Does Not Prohibit Service of Process by Mail

Author: Forrest A. Jones
Editor: Kevin D. Rodkey

The Supreme Court held in Water Splash, Inc. v. Menon, No. 16–254 (May 22, 2017), that the Hague Service Convention allows service of process by mail under Article 10(a), when two conditions are met: first, the receiving state has not objected to service by mail; and second, service by mail is authorized under the otherwise-applicable law. Continue reading

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TC Heartland: Supreme Court Makes Venue Shopping More Difficult for Patent Trolls

Author: Lily Lim
Editor: Lillian M. Robinson

In the highly anticipated case on patent-venue shopping, TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, No. 16-341 (S. Ct. May 22, 2017), the Supreme Court reversed and remanded the decision of the Federal Circuit, putting a stop to an interpretation of the venue statutes that had allowed patent trolls and plaintiffs to bring their cases in plaintiff-friendly venues as opposed to where the defendant resided.  Continue reading

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Inter Partes Reexamination May Proceed Even If The Requester Has a Change-of-Heart

Author: Jeffrey D. Smyth
Editor: Sydney R. Kestle

In In re AT&T Intellectual Property II, LP, No. 16-1830 (Fed. Cir. May 10, 2017), the Federal Circuit held that the Board did not exceed its statutory authority when instituting an inter partes reexamination because a request and a requester were present at the time of institution. Continue reading

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