Judge: Amos Mazzant
Holding: Motion to Transfer Venue Denied
After reviewing the applicable factors in this patent case, Judge Mazzant concluded that the defendant had not met its burden to demonstrate that the Northern District of California was a “clearly more convenient” forum than the Eastern District of Texas. The factors that favored transfer included the local interest of the Northern District of California as the “home” of the defendant; the access to sources of proof that are generally available there or that can be made available there; and the availability of compulsory process of witnesses. "Heavily outweighing these factors," the Court observed, "is the fact that this Court has extensive experience with these same patents, including a Markman hearing and claim construction order, and it is much more efficient to conduct the two co-pending trials of these patents-in-suit in one forum." The Court also noted that the Eastern District of Texas could bring the case to trial faster than the Northern District of California, and that the remaining factors were neutral.