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The identification of the proper venue for commencing a patent infringement or declaratory judgement action was rather straight forward for a number of years. However,  when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has exclusive appellate jurisdiction in patent matters, addressed the venue issue in VE Holding v. Johnson Gas Appliance, 917 F.2d 1574 (Fed. Cir. 1990), it liberalized the venue requirement to where the defendant is subject to the court’s personal jurisdiction. This decision lead to lower courts applying a liberal view of personal jurisdiction when reviewing the venue issue and gave patent litigation plaintiffs greater latitude in where to file suit.

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