Last week, Judge Alan Albright denied Hyundai’s motion to dismiss StratosAudio’s patent infringement claims for improper venue. Although Hyundai does not directly control any regular and established place of business in the Western District of Texas, it does have authorized dealers there. Based on the contractual control exerted over those dealerships by Hyundai, Judge Albright […]
By Vincent J. Allen. It is no secret that the Waco Division of the Western District of Texas is the rising star of patent litigation. Judge Alan Albright successfully marketed the district to patent infringement plaintiffs to become the country’s busiest patent judge. One attraction of the Western District is that Judge Albright moves his […]
By Vincent J. Allen. Judge Albright recently ordered transfers to the Austin Division for convenience in multiple patent infringement cases filed in the Waco Division of the Western District of Texas. However, consistent with past practice, the judge is maintaining these cases on his docket. In one of these cases, Freshub filed suit against Amazon, […]
By Vincent J. Allen. As discussed in a prior post, the Waco Division of the Western District of Texas has seen a rise in patent infringement suits. Plaintiffs are filing in Waco because of Judge Alan Albright’s promise to efficiently resolve patent disputes. Judge Albright has also made clear that he does not favor […]
Is Austin better than Waco?—Judge Albright Orders Intra-district Transfer but Keeps Case on His Docket
By Vincent Allen* As discussed in my prior post, the Waco Division of the Western District of Texas has seen a dramatic uptick in the number of patent infringement suits since Judge Albright took the bench. And like other venues where plaintiffs have flocked, it is only natural that defendants attempt to transfer cases out […]
Waco, Texas—Will Judge Alan Albright Create a New Hotbed of Patent Litigation Deep in the Heart of Texas?
By Vincent Allen* The Waco Division of the Western District of Texas has seen a dramatic up-tick in the number of patent infringement suits filed there since Judge Alan Albright was sworn into office in September 2018. The judge’s implementation of standing orders for patent cases and his promise of running an efficient docket by issuing […]