Karen Morris

Is an Associate Attorney with Polsinelli. Karen's problem solving and analytical abilities make her an invaluable asset both to the firm’s Intellectual Property and Technology Litigation team, as well as its clients. As a patent attorney admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Karen focuses her practice on a variety of issues including patent, trademark, and copyright matters. She combines her background and training in biochemistry with her intellectual property experience to assist clients on a variety of complex scientific and technical issues.

For more information or to contact Karen, please visit her Firm Profile Page.

Recent Articles by

Denying TC Heartland Changed the Law on Venue Ignores Reality

On May 22, 2017, in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, LLC, 137 S.Ct. 1514 (2017), the Supreme Court held that patent venue is controlled exclusively by 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b), which restricts venue in patent cases to (1) where the Defendant resides, or (2) where the Defendant commits an act of infringement and has a regular and established place of business. The decision was immediately hailed by commentators as a significant break with past precedent… Despite the common perception of practitioners that the TC Heartland decision changed the law of venue in patent cases, the majority of district courts to address this issue have come to the opposite conclusion, finding that the decision merely reaffirmed existing law and could not excuse the failure to raise the defense earlier. The reasoning of these decisions is questionable, as is the refusal of these courts to recognize how dramatically TC Heartland changed the landscape for patent litigation.