YMAX Corporation et al v. AT&T Corp

Filing 76

ORDER by Judge Hamilton Denying 41 47 Motions to Transfer and Dismiss (pjhlc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/2/2010)

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YMAX Corporation et al v. AT&T Corp Doc. 76 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 v. AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P., Defendant. _______________________________/ Defendant's motions to transfer the action and to dismiss plaintiffs Tigerjet Networks, Inc. ("Tigerjet"), and Stratus Telecommunications LLC ("Stratus") for lack of standing, came on for hearing before the court on July 28, 2010. Plaintiffs YMax Corporation ("YMax Corp."), YMax Communications Corp. ("YMax Comm."), magicJack LP ("magicJack"), Tigerjet, and Stratus (all collectively "plaintiffs"), appeared through their counsel, Virginia DeMarchi, and Darryl Woo. Defendant AT&T Intellectual Property II, L.P. ("AT&T" or "defendant") appeared through its counsel, Claudia Wilson Frost. Having read all the papers submitted and carefully considered the relevant legal authority, the court hereby DENIES both motions, as stated at the hearing, and summarized as follows. 1. Defendant's motion to transfer the action to the Southern District of Florida is YMAX CORPORATION, et al., Plaintiffs, No. C 10-0932 PJH ORDER DENYING MOTIONS TO TRANSFER AND DISMISS UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA United United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DENIED, for failure to establish that transfer is warranted pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1404(a). See, e.g., Van Dusen v. Barrack, 376 U.S. 612, 616 (1964); A.J. Indus., Inc. v. United States Dist. Ct., 503 F.2d 384, 389 (9th Cir. 1974)(noting as factors to be considered that of the convenience of the parties; the convenience of the witnesses; judicial economy; and relative ease of access to proof, among others). Plaintiff's choice of forum warrants some deference, at a minimum, and at least one of the plaintiffs Tigerjet is a California Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 plaintiff. Furthermore, Tigerjet witnesses are likely to have significant knowledge about the design, development and operation of the magicJack device, and at least two of the plaintiffs have offices and documents and evidence located outside of Florida. See Sing Decl., 5-6. Given that defendant, moreover, has not demonstrated that any of its own witnesses and documents are located in Florida, the court cannot conclude that defendant has discharged its burden to demonstrate that Florida is a more convenient forum to litigate the action, as contemplated by section 1404(a). 2. Defendant's motion to dismiss Tigerjet and Stratus for lack of standing is similarly DENIED. Plaintiffs' complaint alleges that all five plaintiffs including Tigerjet and Stratus have ties to the primary plaintiff YMax Corp. and furthermore, that each are involved in the magicJack product offering. SAC, 2-7. Plaintiffs also allege that collectively, they all have the right to "make, use, sell and/or offer for sale the magicJack," contrary to defendant's position. Id., 14. Thus, a valid controversy regarding infringement as to both targeted plaintiff entities has been adequately pled. Furthermore, defendant concedes that it seeks dismissal without prejudice to its ability to sue Tigerjet or Stratus in the future, if their activities are found to infringe defendant's patent. Thus, in view of plaintiffs' stated allegations and the potential for the evidentiary record to further flesh out Tigerjet's and Stratus' actual involvement in the magicJack product offering, the court also finds that the interest of judicial economy warrants denial of defendant's motion to dismiss. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: August 2, 2010 ______________________________ PHYLLIS J. HAMILTON United States District Judge United States District Court 11 For the Northern District of California 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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