Bedrock Computer Technologies, LLC v. Softlayer Technologies, Inc. et al

Filing 198

Softlayer Technologies, Inc.'s ANSWER to Complaint - Answer to Bedrock's Second Amended Complaint 191 by Softlayer Technologies, Inc..(Williams, E Danielle)

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS TYLER DIVISION BEDROCK COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES LLC, Plaintiff, v. 1. SOFTLAYER TECHNOLOGIES, INC., 2. CITIWARE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, LLC, 3. GOOGLE, INC., 4. YAHOO! INC., 5. MYSPACE, INC., 6. AMAZON.COM, INC., 7. PAYPAL INC., 8. MATCH.COM, INC., and 9. AOL LLC, Defendant. Case No. 6:09-cv-269 Jury Trial Demanded ANSWER TO BEDROCK COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES LLC'S SECOND AMENDED COMPLAINT FOR PATENT INFRINGEMENT Softlayer Technologies, Inc. ("Softlayer") hereby files its Answer to Bedrock Computer Technologies LLC's Second Amended Complaint for Patent Infringement filed on April 13, 2010 as follows: PARTIES 1. Complaint. 2. Softlayer admits it is a Texas corporation with its principal place of business at Softlayer admits the allegations of paragraph 1 set forth in the Second Amended 6400 International Pkwy., Suite 2000, Plano, Texas. Softlayer denies each and every other allegation set forth in paragraph 2 of the Second Amended Complaint. 1 US2008 1253936.2 3. Softlayer is without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief regarding the truth of the allegations set forth in paragraph 3 of the Second Amended Complaint, and therefore denies same. 4. Softlayer is without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief regarding the truth of the allegations set forth in paragraph 4 of the Second Amended Complaint, and therefore denies same. 5. Softlayer is without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief regarding the truth of the allegations set forth in paragraph 5 of the Second Amended Complaint, and therefore denies same. 6. Softlayer is without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief regarding the truth of the allegations set forth in paragraph 6 of the Second Amended Complaint, and therefore denies same. 7. Softlayer is without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief regarding the truth of the allegations set forth in paragraph 7 of the Second Amended Complaint, and therefore denies same. 8. Softlayer is without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief regarding the truth of the allegations set forth in paragraph 8 of the Second Amended Complaint, and therefore denies same. 9. Softlayer is without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief regarding the truth of the allegations set forth in paragraph 9 of the Second Amended Complaint, and therefore denies same. 2 US2008 1253936.2 10. Softlayer is without sufficient knowledge or information to form a belief regarding the truth of the allegations set forth in paragraph 10 of the Second Amended Complaint, and therefore denies same. JURISDICTION AND VENUE 12. Softlayer admits that this action arises under the patent laws of the United States and that the Court's jurisdiction over this action is proper. Softlayer, however, denies that it has engaged in any infringing activity related to U.S. Patent No. 5,893,120 ("the `120 Patent"). Except as admitted, the allegations set forth in paragraph 12 of the Second Amended Complaint are denied. 13. Complaint. 14. Softlayer admits that it is transacting business within the State of Texas. Softlayer admits the allegations of Paragraph 13 of the Second Amended Softlayer, however, denies that it has engaged in any infringing activity related to the `120 Patent. Except as admitted, the allegations set forth in paragraph 14 of the Second Amended Complaint are denied. GENERAL ALLEGATIONS 15. Softlayer admits that the `120 Patent is entitled "Methods and Apparatus for Information Storage and Retrieval Using a Hashing Technique with External Chaining and Onthe-Fly Removal of Expired Data." Softlayer further admits that a copy of the `120 Patent was attached to the copy of Bedrock's Second Amended Complaint for Patent Infringement that Softlayer received. Softlayer is without knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to whether Bedrock is the owner of all rights, title, and interest in and under the `120 Patent, and 3 US2008 1253936.2 therefore denies same. Softlayer denies the remaining allegations set forth in Paragraph 15 of the Second Amended Complaint. 16. Softlayer admits that it uses one or more of the versions of Linux listed in paragraph 16 of the Second Amended Complaint on certain of its computer equipment. Except as admitted, the allegations of paragraph 16 of the Second Amended Complaint are denied. 17. Complaint. COUNT I 18. Softlayer incorporates by reference its responses to paragraphs 1-17 of the Second Softlayer denies the allegations set forth in Paragraph 17 of the Second Amended Amended Complaint as though fully set forth herein. 19. Complaint. 21. Complaint. Softlayer denies the allegations set forth in Paragraph 21 of the Second Amended Softlayer denies the allegations set forth in Paragraph 19 of the Second Amended BEDROCK'S PRAYER FOR RELIEF Softlayer denies that Bedrock is entitled to any of the requested relief and denies any allegations or relief set forth in paragraphs 22-31 of its prayer for relief. AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSES FIRST AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE Softlayer does not infringe and has not infringed, literally or by the doctrine of equivalents, any of the claims of the `120 Patent either directly or indirectly, such as contributorily or by inducement. 4 US2008 1253936.2 SECOND AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE The claims of the `120 Patent are invalid under title 35 of the United States Code, including under 35 U.S.C. 101, 102, 103 and/or 112. THIRD AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE Upon information and belief, by reason of Bedrock's unreasonable delay in asserting its alleged rights, Softlayer is prejudiced and the relief sought by Bedrock is barred by waiver, laches, estoppel and/or acquiescence and, therefore, the `120 Patent is unenforceable. FIFTH AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE Upon information and belief, Bedrock is estopped, by virtue of the arguments, representations, and concessions the patentee made to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office during the pendency of the application that ultimately issued as the `120 patent, from construing that any claim of the '120 patent has been infringed by Softlayer. SIXTH AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE Upon information and belief, Bedrock's claims of infringement under the `120 Patent are barred, in whole or in part, by the doctrines of equitable estoppel and/or prosecution history estoppel. SEVENTH AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE Upon information and belief, Bedrock's claims of infringement under the `120 Patent are barred, in whole or in part, by unclean hands. EIGHTH AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE Upon information and belief, no assignment of the rights, title, or interest in the `120 Patent has been recorded with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Bedrock lacks standing and lacks subject matter jurisdiction to enforce the `120 Patent. 5 US2008 1253936.2 NINTH AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE To the extent that Bedrock is asserting claims based on the use or manufacture by or for the United States of the alleged invention, such claims are barred by 28 U.S.C. 1498. TENTH AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE Bedrock cannot satisfy the requirements applicable to its request for injunctive relief and has an adequate remedy at law. ELEVENTH AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSE Bedrock has failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted. PRAYER FOR RELIEF WHEREFORE, Softlayer prays for the following: 1. That all counts of Bedrock's Second Amended Complaint be dismissed with prejudice and that all relief requested in Bedrock's Prayer for Relief be denied. 2. 3. That this Court enter judgment in favor of Softlayer. That Softlayer be awarded its costs, expenses, attorneys fees and such other relief as this Court deems just and appropriate. 6 US2008 1253936.2 Dated: April 30, 2010 Respectfully submitted, /s/ E. Danielle T. Williams Thad Heartfield Law Offices of J. Thad Heartfield 2195 Dowlen Road Beaumont, TX 77706 Telephone: 409-866-2800 Fax 409-866-5789 William H. Boice Russell A. Korn KILPATRICK STOCKTON LLP Suite 2800 1100 Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA 30309-4530 Telephone: (404) 815-6500 Fax: (404) 815-6555 Steven Gardner E. Danielle T. Williams John C. Alemanni KILPATRICK STOCKTON LLP 1001 West 4th Street Winston-Salem, NC 27104 Telephone: (336) 607-7300 Fax: (336) 607-7500 Attorneys for Defendant Softlayer Technologies, LLC. 7 US2008 1253936.2 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE The undersigned certifies that all counsel of record who are deemed to have consented to electronic service are being served with a copy of this document via the Court's CM/ECF system per Local Rule CV-5(a)(3) on April 30, 2010. Any other counsel of record will be served by First Class U.S. mail on this same date. /s/ E. Danielle T. Williams E. Danielle T. Williams Attorney for Defendant Softlayer Technologies, LLC. 8 US2008 1253936.2