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Chicago IP Litigation Tracking Northern District of Illinois IP Cases

Limited Contracts and Distributor Sales in Illinois Create Jurisdiction

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Original Creations, Inc. v. Ready Am., Inc., No. 11 C 3453, Slip Op. (N.D. Ill. Oct. 5, 2011) (Bucklo, J.).

Judge Bucklo denied defendant Life+Gear’s Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(2) and (3) motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and improper venue in this patent dispute.  While Life+Gear did not have Illinois offices, it did have an interactive website and at least one Illinois sale.  Life+Gear also sold product to two distributors that sold that product in Illinois and Life+Gear was reasonably aware of those channels of sale.

Venue was proper because venue in a patent case exists wherever there is personal jurisdiction.