When Texas inventors find their "million dollar idea," they want to make sure that it actually ends up being profitable for them. Many of them hear about patent law, but might not understand how it works or what it can do for them. They hear that the process of receiving a patent is complex, time consuming and expensive, so they wonder why they should go through it at all.
Every year, millions of people in Texas and across the country use products manufactured and distributed by L'Oreal. Recently, a smaller company called Olaplex LLC filed a patent law claim against the cosmetics giant, accusing it of infringing on Olaplex's patents and making false claims in its advertising. In 2015, the two companies were engaged in discussions regarding L'Oreal taking over Olaplex's operations.
If you don't closely follow the world of patent law, you would be very surprised to learn that in 2015, out of 5,819 patent cases filed throughout the country, 1,686 were filed in a small town in east Texas. Judge Rodney Gilstrap, U.S. District Court Judge in Marshall, Texas, holds nearly 30% of all patent cases in the country on his docket. This is becasue over time, the Eastern District of Texas has been perceived to be very friendly to patent owners in their infringement suits.
On Tuesday, November 29, a New York district court threw out a previous decision invalidating three TiVo Research and Analytics patents that had been handed down by a previous judge who has now retired.