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Ruling May Spur New Patent Venue Rows Over Remote Work

Mintz Member Peter Snell was quoted in a Law360 article on the mandamus petition from Monolithic Power Systems seeking to dismiss a patent case against the chipmaker brought by energy company Bel Fuse for improper venue. Peter commented, "the facts of the Monolithic case  seem somewhat compelling and unique, and it appears reasonable to hold that a remote worker performing tests for customers makes the worker's home the company's place of business". He added, "I do think the court's decision will encourage litigants to look for remote employees conducting activities that are typically only conducted in a company's brick-and-mortar locations, But since most people just use their company laptop to work from home, it seems unlikely that the court's decision will open the floodgates to more venue decisions based on remote workers."