Albright Sends NetApp Network Patent Suit To Calif. For Trial

By Dave Simpson (October 19, 2021, 9:45 PM EDT) -- A Texas federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation over alleged patent infringement of networking technology agreed on Tuesday that the trial for one of the defendants, NetApp Inc., should be held in California federal court, noting that the cloud services company had identified 13 potential witnesses based in the state.

U.S. District Judge Alan Albright of the Western District of Texas granted NetApp's bid to send the suit from Proven Networks LLC to the Northern District of California, but only for trial, finding that the California-heavy witness list weighs strongly in favor of transfer.

"While the court remains skeptical of the practicality of...

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