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Farella Represents Adobe Inc. in Prevailing on Petition to Transfer Patent Case Out of Western District of Texas

July 29, 2020 Announcement

SAN FRANCISCO, July 29, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel announces that the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has granted its client Adobe Inc.’s writ of mandamus petition seeking to transfer a patent case from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to Adobe’s home forum in the Northern District of California.

The Waco Division of the Western District of Texas has become the most popular venue for patent litigation in the U.S. based on the number of new patent filings there in 2019-2020 with hundreds of patent cases being filed there before Judge Alan Albright. On behalf of Adobe, a multinational computer software company headquartered in San Jose, California, Farella is the first law firm to have successfully obtained a transfer from the Waco Division of the Western District of Texas to the technology hub of the Northern District of California. Farella is also the first law firm to have prevailed on an emergency writ of mandamus petition seeking to transfer a patent case out of the Waco Division of the Western District of Texas.

“As the Western District of Texas has become the new “go-to” forum for many patent cases, we are thrilled with the ruling from the Federal Circuit recognizing the Northern District of California as clearly being the more convenient forum for a trial and directing the district court to transfer the case,” said Farella Partner Eugene Mar. “The Northern District of California has a greater local interest in trying this case, in part, because this is where Adobe is headquartered, and where its witnesses are located.”

The Farella team includes technology and intellectual property litigators Eugene Mar, Winston Liaw, and Sushila Chanana; appellate lawyer Carly Alameda; and senior paralegals Tony Allen and Fernando Esponda.

The case is SynKloud Technologies, LLC v. Adobe Inc. The order and opinion from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals can be read, here.

Farella Braun + Martel is a leading Northern California law firm representing corporate and private clients in sophisticated business transactions and complex commercial, civil and criminal litigation. Clients seek our imaginative legal solutions and the dynamism and intellectual creativity of our lawyers. We are headquartered in San Francisco and maintain offices in the Napa Valley that are focused on the wine industry.

Contact:
Cheryl Loof
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
415.954.4433 / [email protected]

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