Marshall, Texas-- pop. 24,000-- has become, in the course of the last three years, the hot new venue for multimillion-dollar patent lawsuits. TiVo, Amazon, Texas Instruments, Motorola, Cisco: all have fought patent battles there. According to the Austin American-Statesman's Chuck Lindell, Judge T. John Ward's fast-track system, designed to shave months off the patent lawsuit process, has worked quite well. So well, in fact, that Justice Antonin Scalia has called the town a 'renegade jurisdiction.' It's not hard to see this place becoming the next Madison County, Illinois.
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