Re: Perhaps an empty gesture
Generally the plaintiff gets to decide where a case is held. If I am a starving inventor in East Texas and those evil west-coasters at Apple stole my idea, then I want to defend myself here among my peers - not be forced to go to California against Apple's big city lawyers
I think you need to brush up US Federal venue rules and on the recent precedent set by the Supreme court in the Heartland case as linked by JLV's post.
As per that article, 28 U.S.C. § 1400(b) defines that patent infringement lawsuits are to be held in the district court where the defendant (the party charged with patent infringement) "resides".
Prior to the Heartland case, this has been loosely defined, especially by the Easter District of Texas, where even - as you seem to be saying - selling product over the internet to a customer located in the district counted as "residing".
However, the Supreme Court tightened this up in the Heartland case, and basically said that a patent case has to be filed in a district where the defendant has a physical business presence in the district.
Previously, the Eastern District of Texas was allowing cases to be filed there if the defendant's had a remote worker who lived in that district and remoted into work from there. The Supreme Court has slapped this down. You need an actual bricks and mortar location that the business conducts business operations from. As in, a shop, or a headquarters, or some such. Having employees who work from that district, e.g. work form home and remote in, or selling to people in the district without having a physical presence (mailorder, internet ordering, etc.) is not sufficient.
Therefore by removing any business premises from the district should be sufficient to prevent Apple from being sued in the district.