The past year has seen an ongoing back-and-forth between the Federal Circuit and Western District of Texas Judge Alan D. Albright over his substantive handling of convenience transfer motions. Now, following a series of reversals from that appellate court, Judge Albright appears to be adjusting his approach to account for those rulings—adopting a markedly different posture from prior decisions in an April 29 order granting a transfer motion from Google in litigation filed by NPE InfoGation Corporation.
Inventor-controlled InfoGation Corporation has sued Alphabet (Google) (6:20-cv-00366) over the provision of the Google Maps API, targeting features related to route optimization and natural language route description. The case follows two previous suits filed against each of HTC, Huawei, and ZTE over their provision of Android smartphones equipped with Google Maps, as well as a 2016 declaratory judgment action filed by Google against InfoGation. The asserted patent in the new case has been at issue throughout the litigation; it generally relates to producing navigation guidance from turn-by-turn directions generated from natural language output.