30 December 2008 - On December 29, 2008, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals granted a writ of mandamus and vacated Judge T. John Ward's denial of a venue transfer motion brought by TS Tech USA Corporation (TS Tech) in a patent infringement case involving automobile seat headrests. The Federal Circuit's ruling revives the previously-believed futile venue transfer motion as an option for patent defendants in the Eastern District of Texas, and may well loosen that court's vise-grip on defendants sued in the Eastern District.