Brandeis University's Patent Infringement Case Over Cookies Crumbles Against Multiple Defendants and the Court Transfers All the Crums to Another District
Plaintiff Brandeis University ("Brandeis") alleged that it was the owner of the patents-in-suit and plaintiff GFA Brands, Inc. ("GFA") alleged that it was the exclusive licensee of the patents-in-suit. Plaintiffs asserted that the defendants infringed the patents by making, using, selling or importing various products such as cookies, cookie dough and spreads. A number of the defendants moved to transfer or sever.
With respect to the motions to sever, some of the defendants asserted that the joinder violated Fed.R.Civ.P. 20. Although most of the parties agreed that there were common questions of fact and law, the question remained whether plaintiffs' claims against the different defendants arose out of the same transaction, occurrence or series of transactions or occurrences.