X2Y Attenuators, LLC v. Intel Corporation, 1-17-cv-00164 (PAWD June 25, 2018, Order) (Bissoon, USDJ)
Thursday, July 12, 2018
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."