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Intellectual Ventures I LLC v. Ricoh Company, Ltd.

United States District Court, D. Delaware

September 12, 2014

INTELLECTUAL VENTURES I LLC, and INTELLECTUAL VENTURES II LLC, Plaintiffs,
v.
RICOH COMPANY, LTD., RICOH AMERICAS CORPORATION, and RICOH ELECTRONICS, INC. INC., Defendants

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Brian E. Farnan, Esquire of Farnan LLP, Wilmington, Delaware. Counsel for Plaintiffs. Of Matthew D. Powers, Esquire, StevenS. Cherensky, Esquire, Monica M. Eno, Esquire, Stefani C. Smith, Esquire, Sam Kim, Esquire, and Palani R. Rathinasamy, Esquire of Tensegrity Law Group LLP.

John G. Day, Esquire, Lauren E. Maguire, Esquire and Andrew C. Mayo, Esquire of Ashby & Geddes, Wilmington, Delaware. Counsel for Defendants. Of Steven J. Routh, Esquire, Sten A. Jensen, Esquire, T. Vann Pearce, Jr., Esquire, Christopher J. Higgins, Esquire, David E. Case, Esquire, William H. Wright, Esquire and Misasha C. Suzuki, Esquire of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

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MEMORANDUM OPINION

SUE L. ROBINSON, United States District Judge.

I. INTRODUCTION

On March 25, 2013, plaintiffs Intellectual Ventures I, LLC (" IV I" ) and Intellectual Ventures II, LLC (" IV II" ) (collectively, " plaintiffs" ) filed a complaint alleging patent infringement against defendants Ricoh Company, Ltd. (" RCL" ), Ricoh Americas Corporation (" RAC" ), and Ricoh Electronics, Inc. (" REI" ) (collectively, " defendants" ). (D.I. 1) Defendants filed a motion to dismiss the complaint for lack of personal jurisdiction over RCL and for failure to state a claim of joint infringement and contributory infringement. (D.I. 10)

IV I and IV II are limited liability companies organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware, with their principal place of business in Bellevue, Washington. (D. I. 1 at ¶ ¶ 1-2) RCL is a corporation organized under the laws of Japan, with a principal place of business in Tokyo, Japan. (D. I. 1 at ¶ 3) RAC is a wholly-owned and controlled subsidiary of RCL, and is a corporation organized under the laws of Delaware with a principal place of business in West Caldwell, New Jersey. (D. I. 1 at ¶ 4) REI is also a wholly-owned and controlled subsidiary of RCL, and is a corporation organized under the laws of California with a principal place of business in Tustin, California. (D.I.1 at ¶ 5)

Presently before the court is defendants' motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction and for failure to state a claim of joint infringement and contributory infringement. The court has jurisdiction over this matter pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § § 1331 and 1338(a). For the reasons that follow, defendants' motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction over RCL is granted, and defendants' motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim of joint infringement and contributory infringement is denied.

II. STANDARD OF REVIEW

A. Personal Jurisdiction

Rule 12(b)(2) directs the court to dismiss a case when the court lacks personal jurisdiction over the defendant. Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(2). When reviewing a motion to dismiss pursuant to Rule 12(b)(2), a court must accept as true all allegations of jurisdictional fact made by the plaintiff and resolve all factual disputes in the plaintiff's favor. Traynor v. Liu, 495 F.Supp.2d 444, 448 (D. Del. 2007). Once a jurisdictional defense has been raised, the plaintiff bears the burden of establishing, with reasonable particularity, that sufficient minimum contacts have occurred between the defendant and the forum to support jurisdiction. See Provident Nat'l Bank v. Cal. Fed. Sav. & Loan Ass'n, 819 F.2d 434, 437 (3d Cir. 1987). To meet this burden, the plaintiff must produce " sworn affidavits or other competent evidence," since a Rule 12(b)(2) motion " requires resolution of factual issues outside the pleadings." Time Share Vacation Club v. Atlantic Resorts, Ltd., 735 F.2d 61, 67 n.9 (3d Cir. 1984).

To establish personal jurisdiction, a plaintiff must produce facts sufficient to

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satisfy two requirements by a preponderance of the evidence, one statutory and one constitutional. See id. at 66; Reach & Assocs. v. Dencer, 269 F.Supp.2d 497, 502 (D. Del. 2003). With respect to the statutory requirement, the court must determine whether there is a statutory basis for jurisdiction under the forum state's long-arm statute. See Reach & Assocs., 269 F.Supp.2d at 502. The constitutional basis requires the court to determine whether the exercise of jurisdiction comports with the ...


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