By Dani Kass (March 9, 2022, 3:57 p.m. EST) — The location of independent auto dealerships cannot be used to justify the location of patent litigation against automakers, the Federal Circuit said Wednesday, reversing the U.S. District Judge Alan Albright for the first time in months.

The Federal Circuit has granted mandamus motions filed by Volkswagen Group of America Inc. and Hyundai Motor America, which are both facing patent litigation in the Western District of Texas brought by StratosAudio Inc. The case brought that when Volkswagen and Hyundai sell their cars to independent dealers, they have no control over the sales, the Federal Circuit’s previous notice states.

“At best, Stratos quotes…

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