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Hall Data Sync Technologies LLC v. Apple Inc.

United States District Court, N.D. California

July 17, 2015

HALL DATA SYNC TECHNOLOGIES LLC, Plaintiff,
v.
APPLE INC., Defendant.

ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO QUASH Re: Dkt. No. 1

KANDIS A. WESTMORE, Magistrate Judge.

Before the Court is Unified Patent Inc.'s motion to quash a subpoena issued by Hall Data Sync Technologies LLC. The motion is fully briefed and suitable for disposition without hearing pursuant to Civil Local Rule 7-1(b). Having considered the papers filed by the parties and the relevant legal authority, the Court GRANTS the motion for the reasons set forth below.

I. BACKGROUND

In January 2015, Hall Data Sync Technologies LLC ("Hall") sued Box Inc., Dropbox Inc., Google Inc., Sugarsync Inc., Apple Inc., and the Microsoft Company ("Defendants"), for infringement U.S. Patent No. 6, 539, 401 ("the '401 Patent") and U.S. Patent No. 7, 685, 506 ("the '506 Patent"). See Hall Data Sync Techs. LLC v. Box Inc., 2:15-cv-00002 (E.D. Texas filed Jan. 5, 2015); Hall Data Sync Techs. LLC v. Dropbox, Inc., 2:15-cv-00003 (E.D. Texas filed Jan. 5, 2015); Hall Data Sync Techs. LLC v. Google Inc., 2:15-cv-00004 (E.D. Texas filed Jan. 5, 2015); Hall Data Sync Techs. LLC v. SugarSync, Inc., 2:15-cv-00005 (E.D. Texas filed Jan. 5, 2015); Hall Data Sync Techs. LLC v. Apple Inc., 2:15-cv-00006 (E.D. Texas filed Jan. 5, 2015); Hall Data Sync Techs. LLC v. Microsoft Corp., 2:15-cv-00021 (E.D. Texas Jan. 15, 2015). The cases were consolidated in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, and on June 9, 2015, that court granted Apple's motion to transfer the case from which this miscellaneous action stems to this District. ( Hall Data Sync Techs. LLC v. Apple Inc., 5:15-cv-003066-PSG (N.D. Cal. transferred July 6, 2015)). Unified Patent Inc. ("Unified") is not a party to the case.

On March 11, 2015, Unified filed a petition for inter partes review ("IPR") with the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board ("PTAB"), challenging the '506 Patent. (Lim Decl., Ex. 4, Dkt. No. 2.) The PTAB has not decided whether to institute the IPR, and Unified has already provided Hall with voluntary discovery so that it can verify that Unified is the sole real party in interest. ( Id., Ex. 3; Jakel Decl. ΒΆ 9, Dkt. No. 3.)

On June 1, 2015, Hall served a subpoena on Unified, seeking production of:

1. Documents and things concerning or relating to the '401 Patent.
2. Documents and things concerning or relating [ sic ] the '506 Patent.
3. All documents that relate to any communications between Unified Patents or any of its members regarding, relating to, or concerning HDST, the '401 Patent, or the '506 Patent.
4. All documents that relate to Google Inc's[ sic ] membership in Unified Patents, or any attempts by Unified Patents to solicit or otherwise contact Google, Inc.
5. All documents that relate to Box, Inc's [ sic ] membership in Unified Patents, or any attempts by Unified Patents to solicit or otherwise contact Box, Inc.
6. All documents that relate to Apple, Inc's [ sic ] membership in Unified Patents, or any attempts by Unified Patents to solicit or otherwise contact Apple, Inc.
7. All documents that relate to Dropbox Inc's [ sic ] membership in Unified Patents, or any attempts by Unified Patents to solicit or otherwise contact Dropbox Inc.
8. All documents that relate to Microsoft Corporation's membership in Unified Patents, or any attempts by Unified Patents to solicit or ...

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