Venue Matters

  • May 14, 2022
  • Category: New Patent Litigation
    Market Sector: Networking

Last October, in response to a petition for a writ of mandamus filed by Alphabet (Google), the Federal Circuit ordered District Judge Alan D. Albright to transfer a case filed by Jenam Tech, LLC from West Texas to Northern California. The next day, the court did so, transferring that case, as well as a second one between the same parties to the Northern District of California, which has since consolidated the two actions under a single case number (4:21-cv-07994). A likely direct consequence of that transfer is the stay that District Judge Jon S. Tigar imposed in that consolidated case in late March, to allow certain Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings to run their courses. Jenam Tech has since filed four new cases against Google in the same district (5:22-cv-02836, 5:22-cv-02837, 3:22-cv-02838, 3:22-cv-02839), over more recent patents in the same family, pleading that “Jenam will promptly move to stay . . . under the terms governing the stay currently in place in the two consolidated related cases”.

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