Lufkin, Texas, is fast becoming the next favorite destination for patent plaintiffs. The sleepy town of under 40,000 residents, said to be home to more pottery manufacturers than software companies, is now ground zero for some high-profile patent litigation.

In June, Apple Computer filed three patent suits against Creative Technology in Lufkin. The Singapore-based company had sued Apple early this year, claiming the popular iPod infringes on its patents.