Reviewing the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011

November 20, 2012, 4:32 PM

Clients and lawyers who handle intellectual property disputes in federal court regularly face jurisdiction and venue issues in such cases. In order to address such issues, it is important to be knowledgeable about the Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011 (Act). While the Act was signed into law by President Obama on December 7, 2011 and took effect on January 6, 2012, there is not yet much case law addressing the changes made through the Act. Such changes are divided into two sections which address jurisdictional improvements and venue and transfer improvements. The full text of the Act is available from many sources including http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-112publ63/pdf/PLAW-112publ63.pdf. -Kristan B. Burch