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Skyhawke Technologies, LLC v. DECA International Corp.

United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
2011 WL 1806511 (2011)


Facts

Skyhawke Technologies, Inc. (Skyhawke) (plaintiff), a company in Mississippi, was the assignee of two patents related to golf data. One patent had been developed by an Indiana resident, but records for both assigned patents were kept at Skyhawke’s facilities in Mississippi. DECA International Corp. (DECA) (defendant) was incorporated and headquartered in California. DECA was a wholly owned subsidiary of DECA System, Inc., a Korean corporation. Skyhawke sued DECA in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, alleging that DECA had infringed Skyhawke’s patents by intentionally selling infringing products in Mississippi. DECA moved to transfer venue to the United States District Court for the Central District of California. On average, matters took five months less time to proceed to trial in the Central District of California than in the Southern District of Mississippi.

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