SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — A U.S. District Court judge in California on Monday ordered that Fox Factory’s patent infringement case, filed here in February 2016, be dismissed and moved to a Colorado court. The new location is roughly equidistant between SRAM’s headquarters in Chicago and Fox’s in California. SRAM also has facilities in Colorado Springs and both companies have told the court they are amenable to moving the case to the state.
Fox is charging that SRAM, in its RockShox products, has infringed on several suspension-related patents, including at least one patent that Fox acquired when it purchased the assets of Marzocchi. SRAM has also sued Fox, in an Illinois court, alleging that Fox, in its Race Face products, infringes on SRAM’s patents for its X-Sync chainring chain retention features. SRAM has reached licensing agreements or other settlements with several other component makers over the same issue. There have been no court filings in that case since Fox requested a U.S. Patent Office ruling on validity of the relevant patent in early 2016.
In the case filed by Fox, SRAM has asked the court twice to move the case out of California, arguing that it was an …read more