Bloomberg Law

"HP Inc. convinced a federal judge in Austin, Texas, to transfer a patent monetizer’s suit over allegedly infringing laptops, desktops, monitors, and docking stations to Northern California where the company is headquartered.

Universal Connectivity Technologies Inc., a unit of Canadian patent owner Wi-LAN Inc., sued HP in late 2023 in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas—a magnet for patent suits—accusing the Palo Alto-based tech company of infringing eight patents relating to USB connectivity standards.

The case “lacks any material ties whatsoever to Austin,” Judge Robert Pitman wrote in a Wednesday order granting HP’s motion to move the case to California. “UTC’s best argument to maintain venue in the Western District of Texas is that some witnesses reside in Houston or Dallas—not in Austin or even in this District.”

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