“The central issue in this case is whether a district court has jurisdiction over an inventorship dispute where the contest patent has not yet issued.” Camsoft Data Systems v. Southern Electronics Supply, Inc., No. 12-31013 (June 19, 2014). After a removal based on patent jurisdiction, the plaintiff amended to add federal antitrust and RICO claims. The Fifth Circuit held: “where — as here — a plaintiff [timely] objects to jurisdiction at removal, that plaintiff does not waive her jurisdictional arguments via post-removal amendment to her complaint.” Then, as to patent jurisdiction — acknowledging some uncertainty in the law on this specific topic — the Court found that the Patent & Trademark Office had “sole discretion” over a pending patent, not the federal courts. Returning to the other federal claims, because those claims had not proceeded to trial, a potential argument against remand based on Caterpillar, Inc. v. Lewis, 519 U.S. 61, was unavailable. Accordingly, the district court’s order of remand to state court was affirmed.
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