JACOBS CHUCK MFG. CO. v. SHANDONG WEIDA MACH. CO., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 36211 (E.D. Tex. 2005)
Judge: T. John Ward
Holding: Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction DENIED
This is a patent infringement case in which the defendant Chinese manufacturer sought a dismissal based on lack of personal jurisdiction. The allegedl;y infrionging product was manufactured in China and sold to a Hong Kong corporation, which makes power tools that are sold at Home Depot stores under the RIGID brand. The allegedly infringing product was purchased at a store in Tyler, Texas. After reviewing ther relevant law, i.e. specific and general personal jurisdiction and the "stream of commerce" theory, Judge Ward held that Weida's argument that it is not subject to personal jurisdiction in Texas because the presence of the accused chucks in Texas was the result of a unilateral decision by companies wholly unrelated to Weida was unpersuasive. Based upon the evidence presented, Judge Ward found that it was reasonably inferable that Weida knew and expected its chucks would be used as components in RIDGID brand drills manufactured and distributed by Techtronic and One World to The Home Depot stores in the United States, including Texas. The Court also found that jurisdiction over Weida would not violate the concepts of fair play and substantial justice. Accordingly, Weida's motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction was denied.