New Albany, IN – A patent infringement case originally filed in the Northern District of Illinois has been transferred to the Southern District of Indiana. In October, patent lawyers for Keith Lewis of the United Kingdom filed a patent infringement suit in the Northern District of Illinois alleging Grote Industries, Inc. of Madison, Indiana infringed patent no. 7,252,407, Lighting apparatus, which has been issued by the US Patent Office.
The case has now been transferred to the Southern District of Indiana upon the motion of Grote Industries. The complaint alleges that twenty-one lamp model numbers offered for sale by Grote infringe upon the ‘407 patent. The complaint describes the allegedly infringing products as LED lighting devices and work lamps. Lewis’s patent attorneys seek a declaration of infringement, an injunction, and damages.
Practice Tip: In filing in the Northern District of Illinois, Lewis’s patent attorneys alleged that the defendant sold products in Illinois to argue that the Illinois district court had personal jurisdiction over Grote, an Indiana company. However, the complaint reveals few ties to Illinois, since the plaintiff is from the United Kingdom and the defendant is an Indiana company. Therefore, as the Northern District of Illinois concluded, Southern District of Indiana appears to be a more appropriate venue.
Further Information about the case is as follows