DJ Action Dismissed for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

In a declaratory judgment action involving alleged patent infringement, U.S. District Court Judge Paul W. Grimm held that the Court lacked personal jurisdiction under Maryland’s long-arm statute over a patent owner that sent a letter offering a patent license to an accused infringer.  According to the Court, a non-Maryland defendant does not “transact business” within the meaning of the long-arm statute by sending written communications, including a cease-and-desist letter, to a purported infringer located in Maryland.  The Court thus dismissed the case.  Government Employees Ins. Co. v. WhitServe LLC, Case No. PWG-16-1622, 2017 WL 896891 (D. Md. March 7, 2017).