Quarterhill’s IPA Technologies Sees Its First Transfer in Its Voice Recognition Campaign

June 29, 2017

IPA Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Quarterhill Inc. (f/k/a Wi-LAN Inc.), has conceded that its first choice of venue in its speech recognition suit against Kyocera (1:17-cv-00263) is no longer proper in light of TC Heartland. In April, Kyocera filed a motion to dismiss for improper venue and failure to state a claim, citing the impending TC Heartland decision, and alleging that the original venue of Delaware is improper because Kyocera “is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of California, not Delaware” and that IPA’s complaint “does not (and could not) allege that Kyocera has a regular and established place of business in the District of Delaware”. Following a stay of briefing of that motion pending the Supreme Court’s decision, the parties stipulated on June 27 to a transfer of the case to the Southern District of California. It remains to be seen whether additional transfers in this campaign are coming. To date, all of the NPE’s 20 cases have been filed in Delaware, the state of formation for IPA (the principal place of business of which is in Costa Mesa, California).

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