Joseph Abraham, left, of the Law Office of Joseph M. Abraham in Austin and Mark Siegmund, right, of the Law Firm of Walt Fair in Waco (courtesy photos)

Four years ago, U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas was the nation’s busiest patent judge, accounting for 35% to 40% of the U.S. patent infringement docket. A 2017 Supreme Court decision followed by the appointment of a new judge has caused much of that docket to migrate a couple hundred miles southwest. U.S. District Judge Alan Albright of the Western District of Texas now sees the most patent cases in the country, about 20% of new filings in 2020. Gilstrap was still the second-busiest, with about 10%.

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