Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Doctrine of "Ancillary" Venue Does Not Provide Independent Basis for Venue

The court granted counterclaim defendants' motion to dismiss for improper venue because defendants lacked a regular and established place of business in the district and ancillary venue did not apply. "Even assuming that [defendants] have committed acts of infringement in the Northern District of Illinois, venue would still be improper because neither maintains a 'regular and established place of business' in the District. [One defendant] has no offices or property in the District, and no phone number or mailing address here. [The other defendant] likewise does not have a regular and established place of business in the District. . . . [Counterclaimant] cites no authority for the proposition that the doctrine of ancillary venue (whatever that really is) can override the clear terms of the patent venue statute. And [TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC, 137 S. Ct. 1514 (2017)] puts the nail in the coffin: if the general federal venue statute does not supplement the patent venue statute, then it is unclear why a nonstatutory doctrine could do so."

Shure Incorporated v. ClearOne, Inc., 1-17-cv-03078 (ILND March 16, 2018, Order) (Chang, USDJ)

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