Fed. Circ. Tells Gilstrap To Ship Google Patent Row To Calif.

By Ryan Davis (May 23, 2022, 7:13 PM EDT) -- Two weeks before a scheduled trial in the Eastern District of Texas, the Federal Circuit on Monday ordered Judge Rodney Gilstrap to transfer patent cases against Google, Waze and Samsung to California, calling his refusal to move the cases "patently erroneous."

The appeals court granted mandamus petitions from the three companies accused by AGIS Software Development LLC of infringing location-sharing patents with their maps and device-locating features. The court said Judge Gilstrap wrongly held that the defendants failed to show that the Northern District of California was a clearly more convenient venue.

"We conclude that the district court clearly abused its...

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