Stephen Ravel wants you to know that the Western District of Texas has long had its share of patent litigation. Given Austin’s status as a technology center, Judges Sam Sparks, Lee Yeakel, Walter Smith and Robert Pitman have all weighed in over the years on the big patent issues of the day.

“There’s always been a patent docket in the Western District, and Western District lawyers have always worked on it,” the Kelly Hart & Hallman partner said.