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Forum Selection Clause in Patent License Found to Preclude Challenging Patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board

On March 23, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered a patent licensee to withdraw petitions to the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) seeking to invalidate a licensor’s patents. The Court held that the forum selection clause of the patent license between the parties – which stipulated that “the parties agree…that disputes shall be litigated before the courts in San Francisco County or Orange County, California” – extinguished the patent licensee’s right to bring challenges against the licensed patents in the PTAB located in Alexandria, Virginia. Continue reading Forum Selection Clause in Patent License Found to Preclude Challenging Patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board