I/P Engine, Inc. v. AOL, Inc. et al

Filing 902

Opposition to 900 MOTION for Leave to File Notice of Supplemental Authority filed by AOL Inc., Gannett Company, Inc., Google Inc., IAC Search & Media, Inc., Target Corporation. (Noona, Stephen)

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA NORFOLK DIVISION I/P ENGINE, INC. Civil Action No. 2:11-cv-512 Plaintiff, v. AOL, INC., et al., Defendants. OPPOSITION TO PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE NOTICE OF SUPPLEMENTAL AUTHORITY Defendants AOL Inc., Google Inc., IAC Search & Media, Inc., Gannett Co., Inc., and Target Corp. (collectively “Defendants”) respectfully request that the Court deny Plaintiff I/P Engine, Inc.’s (“I/P Engine”) Motion for Leave to File Notice of Supplemental Authority. Although Defendants would not oppose the filing of supplemental authority that actually would be relevant to the Court’s determination of the issues, I/P Engine’s proffered “supplemental authority” is not relevant. I/P Engine argues VirnetX Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc., No. 6:10-cv-417, D.N. 732 (E.D. Tex. Feb. 26, 2013), is relevant because the court in that case rejected the defendant’s argument that the plaintiff failed to present sufficient evidence of a royalty base. I/P Engine states “[a]s in this case, the defendant in VirnetX ‘failed to advance a credible alternative’ at trial.” (D.N. 901, 2.) The court in VirnetX, however, did not deny the defendant’s motion merely because the defendant did not provide an alternative base as I/P Engine suggests. Indeed, the defendant in that case did provide some evidence in relation to a royalty base. Rather, the court found that the plaintiff presented sufficient evidence of a royalty base, and therefore the jury’s award was supported by the evidence. The court also found that what defendant presented for a base was 01980.51928/5196903.1 1 not “credible.” No. 6:10-cv-417, D.N. 732, 24-25. In doing so, however, the court did not eliminate the requirement that the plaintiff provide legally sufficient evidence of a royalty base or suggest that anything the defendant did in that case altered that burden. Here, I/P Engine did not present evidence of a royalty base. Thus, whether Defendants introduced an alternative damages base is irrelevant, and VirnetX says nothing to the contrary. This is just another attempt by I/P Engine to shift its burden of proof on damages to Defendants. (See, e.g., D.N. 894, 5, 15-16 (discussing previous arguments by I/P Engine attempting to shift the burden of proof on damages).) For the foregoing reasons, I/P Engine’s Motion should be denied. DATED: March 11, 2013 /s/ Stephen E. Noona Stephen E. Noona Virginia State Bar No. 25367 KAUFMAN & CANOLES, P.C. 150 West Main Street, Suite 2100 Norfolk, VA 23510 Telephone: (757) 624-3000 Facsimile: (757) 624-3169 senoona@kaufcan.com David Bilsker David A. Perlson QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART & SULLIVAN, LLP 50 California Street, 22nd Floor San Francisco, California 94111 Telephone: (415) 875-6600 Facsimile: (415) 875-6700 davidbilsker@quinnemanuel.com davidperlson@quinnemanuel.com Counsel for Google Inc., Target Corporation, IAC Search & Media, Inc., and Gannett Co., Inc. /s/ Stephen E. Noona Stephen E. Noona 01980.51928/5196903.1 2 Virginia State Bar No. 25367 KAUFMAN & CANOLES, P.C. 150 W. Main Street, Suite 2100 Norfolk, VA 23510 Telephone: (757) 624-3000 Facsimile: (757) 624-3169 senoona@kaufcan.com Robert L. Burns FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW, GARRETT & DUNNER, LLP Two Freedom Square 11955 Freedom Drive Reston, VA 20190 Telephone: (571) 203-2700 Facsimile: (202) 408-4400 Cortney S. Alexander FINNEGAN, HENDERSON, FARABOW, GARRETT & DUNNER, LLP 3500 SunTrust Plaza 303 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, GA 94111 Telephone: (404) 653-6400 Facsimile: (415) 653-6444 Counsel for Defendant AOL Inc. 01980.51928/5196903.1 3 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that on March 11, 2013, I will electronically file the foregoing with the Clerk of Court using the CM/ECF system, which will send a notification of such filing (NEF) to the following: Jeffrey K. Sherwood Kenneth W. Brothers DICKSTEIN SHAPIRO LLP 1825 Eye Street NW Washington, DC 20006 Telephone: (202) 420-2200 Facsimile: (202) 420-2201 sherwoodj@dicksteinshapiro.com brothersk@dicksteinshapiro.com Donald C. Schultz W. Ryan Snow Steven Stancliff CRENSHAW, WARE & MARTIN, P.L.C. 150 West Main Street, Suite 1500 Norfolk, VA 23510 Telephone: (757) 623-3000 Facsimile: (757) 623-5735 dschultz@cwm-law.cm wrsnow@cwm-law.com sstancliff@cwm-law.com Counsel for Plaintiff, I/P Engine, Inc. /s/ Stephen E. Noona Stephen E. Noona Virginia State Bar No. 25367 KAUFMAN & CANOLES, P.C. 150 West Main Street, Suite 2100 Norfolk, VA 23510 Telephone: (757) 624-3000 Facsimile: (757) 624-3169 senoona@kaufcan.com 12257161v1 01980.51928/5196903.1 4