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Planned Motion to Dismiss Insufficient to Extend Rule 26(f) Deadlines

In an ongoing patent infringement case involving patents for floor-mounted electrical outlet housings, a federal court in Connecticut recently denied a Joint Motion for a Discovery Dispute Conference, signaling the court’s hesitation to delay the initiation of discovery pursuant to Rule 26(f) merely because a defendant represents that it intends to move to dismiss a … Continue Reading

With $450.00 in Connecticut Sales, AMP Medical Subject to Personal Jurisdiction in Trademark Lawsuit

A recent case from the District of Connecticut provides important insight into personal jurisdiction analysis, and serves as a reminder that sometimes even modest connections to a state can render a company subject to suit in that state. Here, Judge Vanessa Bryant found that Connecticut could exercise personal jurisdiction over AMP Medical Products, a Nevada company that sold … Continue Reading

Franchisee Can’t Work Its Way Out of Trademark Infringement and Breach of Contract Litigation on Jurisdictional Grounds

An out-of-state franchisee sought to escape the reach of the Massachusetts District Court in a breach of contract and trademark infringement litigation filed by its Massachusetts-based franchisor. But, the parties quickly discovered that the Court is primed to flex its muscles when deciding jurisdictional questions presented in the franchisee’s motion to dismiss.… Continue Reading

Wisp of a Possibility of Gas Kit Lawsuit May Establish Declaratory Judgment Jurisdiction

In a recent case concerning propane gas kits used as an alternative fuel conversion system, the District of Massachusetts found that declaratory judgment jurisdiction exists, even though the parties in the case had entered into an extended covenant not to sue. The opinion reasoned that because the accused infringer, New England Gen-Connect, is presently making and selling the accused products and … Continue Reading

Beware the Quagmire of Personal Jurisdiction

A plaintiff in the District of New Hampshire recently found itself stuck in an unenviable and inescapable jurisdictional hole. Plaintiff Presby Patent Trust sued Infiltrator Systems, a Connecticut-based manufacturer and distributor of septic systems, in New Hampshire for allegedly infringing Presby’s patent on a method for processing effluent. Presby asserted that Infiltrator’s Advanced Treatment Leachfield … Continue Reading

Connecticut Court Possesses Personal Jurisdiction Over “Demonologist” Publisher

In the District of Connecticut, an out of state publisher with no alleged direct contacts with Connecticut recently lost its bid to have a case against it dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction. Gerald Brittle sued Lorraine Warren, Tony Spera, and Graymalkin Media, LLC for copyright infringement and tortious interference with a contract or business … Continue Reading

Cloud Storage Company Grounded in D. Mass.

A patent defendant specializing in “virtual” database systems recently learned how real its burden is when seeking to transfer out of the District of Massachusetts. Delphix Corp. (“Delphix”) and Actifio, Inc. (“Actifio”) have been clashing over “virtual” database patents in the Northern District of California since October 2013. In August 2014, however, Actifio filed suit … Continue Reading

Skyworks’ Infringement Claims Grounded

In an order dated February 4, 2015, the Honorable George A. O’Toole, Jr. effectively ended Woburn-based Skyworks Solutions, Inc.’s effort to enforce patent rights against manufacturers of LED driver products used in cellphones. Skyworks’ amended complaint, filed in October 2013, accused California-based Kinetic Technologies, Inc. and Hong Kong-based Kinetic Technologies HK Limited (“Kinetic HK”) of … Continue Reading

Protegrity Loses Bid to Centralize in Connecticut

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered nearly twenty patent cases pending across six districts (including Connecticut, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and the Northern and Southern districts of California) and involving fifteen different companies to proceed collectively in the Northern District of California.  The decision may be a drawback for plaintiff Protegrity Corporation which originally moved … Continue Reading

Pre-Litigation Correspondence Does Not Secure Personal Jurisdiction

Plaintiffs considering bringing suit in the District of Connecticut take heed: “Plaintiffs cannot vest a Connecticut court with personal jurisdiction over a person simply by hurling an accusation of patent infringement across the country at that person and then receiving responses in Connecticut,” according to a recent order from Judge Shea.  To provide some background, … Continue Reading
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