How one patent troll is desperately trying to stay in East TexasIs this enough to keep Google in East Texas courts?
Uniloc, one of the nation’s most well-known patent-holding companies, sued Google earlier this year in the Eastern District of Texas.

Even though neither Uniloc nor Google has meaningful ties to that area, the lawsuit was no surprise—East Texas has long been the most popular venue for patent-holding companies to file lawsuits.
But the rules around patent venue changed dramatically last month when the US Supreme Court issued its decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods. The decision held that patent-holders must sue either where the defendant company is incorporated or where it “has committed acts of infringement and has a regular and established place of business.”
Now Uniloc is scrambling to keep Google and other big tech defendants in East Texas federal courts. Uniloc filed a brand-new complaint (PDF) last week, which spends twice as much time describing Google’s ties to Texas as it does explaining how Google supposedly infringes two Uniloc patents, numbered 8,995,433 and 7,535,890.

The patents, entitled “System and Method for VoIP messaging,” describe sending instant messages and voice messages over the Internet.
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