We are only 21 days into 2019, but trajectories in patent infringement lawsuits appear to be following the same patterns as 2018 — with the top-four venues staying in the same almost identical rank-order:
For 2018, N.D. Cal. slightly outranked C.D.Cal. That result is flipped thus far in 2019. For 2018 and 2019, these five venues represented 55% and 57% of total case filings respectively. (Data compiled from LexMachina Dockets)
The New Judge in town is Alan Albright. Albright was a long-time patent litigator and is now the lone federal judge in the Waco division of the W.D. Texas. If you file your patent case in Waco, it will be heard by an experienced patent litigator. Congratulations Judge Albright.