Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson of the Southern District of Indiana has granted a motion to change venue in a patent infringement suit. Patent attorneys for Securus Technologies of Dallas, Texas, had filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the Southern District of Indiana alleging that Combined Public Communications ("CPC"), based in Kentucky, infringed Securus's March 1, 2011 patent no 7,899,167 for "CENTRALIZED CALL PROCESSING." The patent claims to provide "a centralized architecture for call processing" including voice over internet protocols (VOIP).
Securus's patent lawyers alleged in the complaint that the litigants are competitors because they each provide "specialized call-processing and billing equipment and services for correctional institutions, direct local and long distance call processing for correctional facilities," and other technologies relating to "Inmate Management Systems."
The court's order transferring venue notes that T-Netix, Inc., a company that is part of the Securus corporate family, filed a patent infringement suit against CPC in the Western District of Kentucky making similar patent infringement claims. Weighing the relevant factors, the court concluded that the interests of justice and convenience to the parties and witnesses favored a transfer of venue to the Western District of Kentucky.
Practice Tip: 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a) sets the standard for transfer of venue: "For the convenience of parties and witnesses, in the interest of justice, a district court may transfer any civil action to any other district or division where it might have been brought."