Court Denies Motion to Transfer Venue in Medline’s Infringement Suit Against CR Bard

April 6, 2018 – Medline Industries, Inc. had filed an lawsuit against CR Bard, Inc. for infringement of its urinary catheter system technology. On April 4, the Court denied Defendant’s motion to transfer venue from the Northern District of Illinois to the Northern District of Georgia. The court held that the convenience afforded to the witnesses, the parties, the situs of the claims, and public/local interest, amounted merely to an incremental improvement. Since the standard for § 1404(a) transfer is where the transferred venue is “clearly more convenient,” the court could not make this incremental improvement.

The patents at issue are U.S. Patent Nos. 9,745,088, entitled “Catheter Tray, Packaging System, Instruction Insert, and Associated Methods,” 9,795,761, entitled “Medical Kit, Packaging System, Instruction Insert, and Associated Methods,” 9,808,400, entitled “Catheter Tray, Packaging System, and Associated Methods,” and 9,808,596, entitled “Catheter Tray, Packaging System, and Associated Methods.” The case is captioned Medline Industries, Inc. v. CR Bard, Inc., Case No. 1-17-cv-07216.

By: Julian G. Pymento