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Plaintiffs in patent-infringement cases enjoy tremendous discretion in ­selecting the venue in which they bring suit. The district that receives the most such cases—perhaps because of perceived plaintiff-friendly discovery rules—is the Eastern District of Texas. As recently as 2015, this district received 44 percent of all patent-infringement cases filed in the United States. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a challenge to the venue rules that currently permit this concentration of patent cases.

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