Out of three patent infringement cases filed in August 2012 by Joao Bock Transactional Systems, LLC (“JBTS”) in the Northern District of Georgia, one case was transferred to the Northern District of California, one case has just now been transferred to the Northern District of Illinois, and one case has a motion pending for transfer to the Eastern District of Missouri.
On March 29, 2013, the Northern District of Georgia entered an order granting a motion to transfer
the case to the Northern District of Illinois. Defendant OptionsHouse, LLC (“OptionsHouse”) had filed that motion pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a), on the grounds that Chicago is its principal place of business, that none of the likely trial witnesses or documents are located within the Northern District of Georgia, and that “only 2.7% of its customers reside in Georgia.”
Additionally, OptionsHouse pointed out that JBTS had filed another lawsuit in the Northern District of Illinois, involving one of the three patents it asserted against OptionsHouse.
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