Eastern District of Texas Court Rules Remote Workers Do Not Anchor Uniloc IP Suit

Law360 reported that Eastern District of Texas Judge Rodney Gilstrap dismissed a patent suit brought by Uniloc USA against Nutanix.

The judge ruled that 19 Nutanix employees who work remotely in the district do not give the company a place of business there.

Law360 said that the judge found the Eastern District of Texas was not a proper venue for the software maintenance patent case because Nutanix—based in San Jose, California— does not have a “regular and established place of business” in the district as required by the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland ruling.

Judge Gilstrap relied on the Federal Ci​rcuit decision in In re: Cray Inc., outlining what constitutes a place of business, noted Law360.

Nutanix is represented by Fenwick partners Charlene Morrow and David Hayes and associates Lauren Whittemore and Athul Achyara.

In In Re: Cray Inc., Cray is represented by Fenwick partners David Tellekson, Bryan Kohm and Melanie Mayer, and associates Jonathan McMichael, Yixin Zhang and Reilly Stoler.

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