Gunn v. Minton

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Gunn v. Minton
Argued January 26, 2013
Decided February 20, 2013
Full case nameJerry W. Gunn, et al., Petitioners v. Vernon F. Minton
Docket no.11-1118
Citations568 U.S. 251 (more)
133 S. Ct. 1059; 185 L. Ed. 2d 72; 2013 U.S. LEXIS 1612; 81 U.S.L.W. 4085; 105 U.S.P.Q.2d 1665
ArgumentOral argument
Opinion announcementOpinion announcement
Case history
PriorSummary judgment granted in favor of defendant, 2006 WL 3542699 (Tex. Dist. Sept. 16, 2006); affirmed, Minton v. Gunn, 301 S.W.3d 702 (Tex. App. 2009); reversed, 355 S.W.3d 634 (Tex. 2011); cert. granted, 568 U.S. 936 (2012).
SubsequentSupreme Court of Texas overturned, remanded to Texas state courts for further proceedings.
28 U.S.C. § 1338(a), which provides for exclusive federal jurisdiction over a case “arising under any Act of Congress relating to patents,” does not deprive the state courts of subject matter jurisdiction over a state law claim alleging legal malpractice in a patent case.
Court membership
Chief Justice
John Roberts
Associate Justices
Antonin Scalia · Anthony Kennedy
Clarence Thomas · Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Stephen Breyer · Samuel Alito
Sonia Sotomayor · Elena Kagan
Case opinion
MajorityRoberts, joined by unanimous
Laws applied
28 U.S.C. § 1338(a)

Gunn v. Minton, 568 U.S. 251 (2013), is a US patent law case. The case dealt with the question of jurisdiction of patent law litigation in regard to attorney malpractice.[1][2] In a unanimous ruling, the United States Supreme Court decided that federal laws granting exclusive jurisdiction to cases involving patents does not preclude the ability of state courts to hear cases related to but not involving patents.[3] The case was remanded to the Texas state courts for further proceedings.[1]


  1. ^ a b Gunn v. Minton, 568 U.S. 251 (2013). Public domain This article incorporates public domain material from this U.S government document.
  2. ^ "Jerry W. Gunn, et al., v. Vernon F. Minton - LII Supreme Court Bulletin - LII / Legal Information Institute". Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  3. ^ "Gunn v. Minton will impact future patent malpractice cases - Lexology". Retrieved August 1, 2014.

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