Segway Inc., at al. v. Inventist, Inc., C.A. No. 15-808 - SLR, April 25, 2016.
Robinson, J. Defendant’s motion to dismiss or alternatively transfer is granted in part and denied in part.
The disputed technology relates to personal transporter devices. Defendant seeks to dismiss on the basis of lack of personal jurisdiction. The court denies the motion to dismiss, noting that the record demonstrates defendant’s aspiration to operate on a national, if not international, scale. Its target market is national retail chains that have locations in Delaware. It operates an interactive website through which its products may be purchased by consumers in Delaware. Its accused products have been introduced in Delaware through stream of commerce, and the alleged injuries relate to the introduction of the accused products into Delaware. Defendant alternatively moves to transfer the case to Washington. Defendant is a Washington corporation with its principal place of business in Washington. Although Delaware is an appropriate and neutral form, the court finds that defendant is a regional enterprise for whom litigating in Delaware will impose an unreasonable burden and grants the motion to transfer.