Okay, serious now. Why this particular district is so popular for patent trolls? Easy to bought corrupt judges? Or too stupid judge to realize the malicious intent of the troll? Both?
I can answer this, having been through the wringer wrought by a patent troll.
- It has the appropriate US district court presence. This is pretty important, as patent infringement cases are brought to a US district court.
- It is an area that has a mediocre pool of jurors. Not highly educated, not too ignorant, but enough to be dangerous.
- It is really really hard to get to. You fly into College Station and drive hours east, or into Louisiana and drive hours west. Yes, this is part of the patent troll modus operandi. Make it super inconvenient for the players to get to. Look it up in google maps, and see.
- Back to the jurors, the pool is made of people who are at the bottom of the middle class or close to poverty. They view big companies as deceitful, and the bad guys. The patent trolls' lawyers play on this David vs. Goliath, and the jurors love having the power to put the hurt on.
Almost all the major patent toll companies have a small presence in the county, so as to be able to file and force the suit to go through Marshall Texas.
The 12 hours I was deposed was probably the worst 12 hours of my life, and the 30 days of rigorous prep I had to do beforehand was just awful.