A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday tightened the location requirements for U.S. patent litigation, which will likely end the Eastern District of Texas’ long reign as the country’s most prolific host of the cases. The high court ruled unanimously in favor of TC Heartland, who had asked for a relocation to Indiana of a patent infringement case brought by Kraft Foods in Delaware. Plaintiffs have long taken advantage of rules that have effectively allowed them to have their pick when it came to venue. Over time, as the Eastern District of Texas gained a reputation as both efficient and plaintiff-friendly, the cases funneled to the area in droves. By 2015, 44 percent of all patent cases were held
Oil prices rose on Monday as growing confidence that top exporters would agree to extend supply curbs this week and speculation that the cuts could be deepened further pushed prices to their highest levels in more than a month. India's petroleum and natural gas minister said Monday the country is considering U.S. and Canadian suppliers, as well as encouraging it to turn to renewable energy.
The Airbus A380 has officially found a new lease on life as an ultraluxurious private jet. On Monday, Sparfell & Partners announced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition that it would sell secondhand Airbus superjumbos as head-of-state aircraft. The Geneva-based firm also announced that it would work with London's Winch Design to create the A380 private jet's opulent interior.