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New World International, Inc. v. Ford Global Technologies LLC

BK Obtains Federal Circuit Affirmance of Order Dismissing Action in ND Texas

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

On June 6, 2017, the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas dismissing a declaratory judgment action filed against Brooks Kushman’s client Ford Global Technologies LLC by New World International, Inc. Ford had accused New World of infringing patents covering parts of the F-150 pickup truck, and New World filed a declaratory judgment action alleging the Ford’s cease and desist letters were a basis for jurisdiction over Ford in the Northern District of Texas. The district court granted Ford’s motion to dismiss the action, and the Federal Circuit affirmed. In a decision by Chief Judge Sharon Prost, the Federal Circuit held that a license Ford granted to a separate company operating in the district was insufficient to establish jurisdiction in the Northern District of Texas.


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