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It’s the sad truth that patent lawyers aren’t often found haunting the halls of a state courthouse. Like bankruptcy and ERISA litigation, patent infringement cases cannot be filed in state court. As a result, patent lawyers are often uncomfortable with state court litigation. And state court judges are sometimes uncomfortable adjudicating issues of federal patent law, mostly because of the rarity with which they arise in the state system. But state court is just where you might have to head for certain patent law disputes involving licensing agreements.

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