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Tammy VanHeyningen Shares Insight in Law360 Article About Federal Court Ruling in Forum Selection Clause Case


Quarles & Brady Intellectual Property partner Tammy VanHeyningen shared her perspective in a Law360 article about a recent federal circuit court ruling that could affect how license agreements are written.

The court’s decision said “that a broadly worded forum selection clause, whether it is part of a licensing agreement or even a deal not involving patents, can end up waiving companies' rights to America Invents Act reviews,” according to the Law360 article. VanHeyningen, a registered patent attorney, said the ruling serves as an important reminder to those involved in license agreements.

"This is a good reminder to all of us who draft any license agreements or review license agreements to be careful what you're contracting for. You can bargain away rights implicitly as well as explicitly," Quarles & Brady LLP partner Tammy VanHeyningen said. "This is one of those cases that sends a little chill up your spine."


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