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Amazon Loses Bid to Move Microphone Patent Case to California

Nov. 29, 2019, 5:22 PM

Amazon.com Inc. couldn’t prove that the Northern District of California is a better venue for a patent case involving its Echo microphones than the Eastern District of Texas.

Amazon’s argument that witnesses, evidence, and office locations made the California court more convenient wasn’t enough to justify transferring the case, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas said Nov 27.

Vocalife owns U.S. Patent No. RE47,049, related to a circular microphone array for use with smart speakers and other Internet of Things products. According to the complaint, the patent’s inventor demonstrated the technology to representatives from Amazon’s hardware...

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