Defendant's motion to transfer venue was denied even though all but one factor favored transfer or was neutral. "While this case has not progressed as [far as] claim construction, the parties and the Court have expended substantial resources and the Court has become familiar with the issues in the case. Transferring this case now would impose upon [plaintiff] the burden of hiring new counsel in California who would then duplicate previously expended efforts developing an intimate familiarity with the facts and issues of the case. Moreover, the already-burdened judicial system will have wasted time developing familiarity with the case. Furthermore, [plaintiff] argues that it would lose the currently-set Markman and trial dates, delaying them for at least a year or more."
eTool Development, Inc. et al v. National Semiconductor Corporation, 2-08-cv-00196 (TXED March 15, 2010 Memorandum Opinion & Order) (Ward, J.)