Wisconsin Judge Chucks Ricoh Dispute

Law360, New York (April 5, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Citing lack of personal jurisdiction, a Wisconsin judge has tossed a complaint brought by Japanese office equipment maker Ricoh Co. Ltd. against a group of Taiwanese rivals for allegedly violating four of its patents covering optical disk technologies.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb dismissed the suit, siding with defendant Asustek’s assertion that the court lacked jurisdiction to preside over the intellectual property dispute.

“Plaintiff has failed to make the necessary showing that Wisconsin’s long arm statute would authorize an exercise of personal jurisdiction over...
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