Employing Four Researchers at University Lab Does Not Create a Regular and Established Place of Business for Venue

The court granted defendant’s motion to dismiss for improper venue because defendant did not have a regular and established place of business by placing four employees at a university lab in the district. “The Court believes that . . . the educational-business collaboration at best may be interpreted as quasi-, and/or very-early-stage, research and development, the results of which are a joint product of the University and Defendant. . . . The Court seriously doubts whether such esoteric and preliminary endeavors may qualify as ‘business’ of Defendant. . . . Defendant has put forth unrefuted evidence establishing that [the university] owns and controls the facility; Defendant’s employees are designated as visitors; funding provided by Defendant to [the university] covers fellowship-tuition and research support, not the cost of housing the employees; signage identifies the lab as a [university] research center, with funding by Defendant; and the lab is neither publicly advertised nor internally classified as Defendant’s facility.”

X2Y Attenuators, LLC v. Intel Corporation, 1-17-cv-00164 (PAWD 2018-06-25, Order) (Cathy Bissoon)

2018-07-12T11:47:02+00:00July 12th, 2018|Docket Report, Patent|