On October 1, 2012, WiLAN filed a law suit against Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd. ("Hon Hai") in Florida State Court concerning Hon Hai's breach of a license agreement signed with WiLAN in January 2008 relating to television technologies.
Hon Hai sought to move the case to Federal Court, arguing that United States patent laws were at issue for which United States Federal Courts have exclusive jurisdiction. WiLAN filed a Motion to keep the case in State Court, because WiLAN believed the case largely involved a contract dispute, which is the proper purview of the State Court.
On April 24, 2013, Judge Dimitrouleas granted WiLAN's Motion to keep the case in Florida State Court.
The Court found that WiLAN had alleged a theory of breach that did not invoke federal questions and that Hon Hai's assertions that federal questions were invoked were merely alleged defenses to the breach of contract action and do not establish federal jurisdiction.
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