Why does the patent venue statute shield accused infringers from patent litigations in states where they have registered to do business as foreign corporations?  Isn’t that part of the quid pro-quo of doing business in the district?  The general venue statute does not provide such a shield; so why provide it in patent cases?  Maybe the time has come to kill the patent venue statute entirely because without it, patent cases would fall under the general venue statute and be treated like other corporate litigations.

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