Spencer Fane attorney Erick Robinson was recently quoted in a Bloomberg Law article discussing how patent owners and attorneys alike are reacting to the news that any new patent case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas will be assigned randomly, ending the popular practice of judge shopping for U.S. District Judge Alan Albright.
In the article, Patent Plaintiffs Scrambling After Texas Court Cools Hotspot, Erick says he’ll plan to file in Austin, where he’s guaranteed one of two judges who he’s comfortable with, or in East Texas.
Erick states, “The order is just very narrowly tailored. If you file in Waco, it gets redistributed, but if I file in Austin, then it’s not. If the real fear is that you get to pick your judge, then what about Laredo? What about Del Rio?”
Based in Texas, Erick is a partner and co-chair of the Intellectual Property practice at Spencer Fane. He manages and tries “bet-the-business” patent cases on both sides of the docket.
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