Northern District of California Exercises Personal Jurisdiction over Texas NPEs

July 9, 2021

Last week, as ordered to do so, Trenchant Blade Technologies, LLC filed its answer to a declaratory judgment complaint that Samsung filed against both it and Longhorn IP LLC in the Northern District of California. Trenchant had contested personal jurisdiction, which motion District Judge Vince Chhabria denied in late June. The parties’ dispute involves several former TSMC patents and a prior covenant not to sue, which the recently filed answer contends is “unenforceable as written”. It appears this set of disputes will now be adjudicated in Northern California, not West Texas, where the same parties have moved to lift a stay for the limited purpose of moving to transfer that case to California.

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