In Sony Case, Techno View IP Drops Delaware, Goes West

July 26, 2017

Techno View IP Inc. has voluntarily dismissed its Delaware case against Sony in favor of a new complaint (8:17-cv-01268) filed in the Central District of California. Neither complaint named the Japanese parent (Sony Corporation), both naming Sony Corporation of America (formed in New York) and Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (SIE, formed in California), while the new complaint also names Sony Active Entertainment Inc. (a Delaware corporation) and Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC (formed in California). Venue is alleged to be proper in California based on alleged acts of infringement in the Central District, as well as SIE’s “substantial physical presence” in Orange County, related to the alleged infringing activity through “development and sales of its Sony PlayStation 4”. Like the earlier complaint filed in Delaware, the California action explicitly asserts two patents (7,666,096; 8,206,218), while reserving the right to amend to add infringement allegations as to a third (9,503,742).

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