Digital Envoy Inc., v. Google Inc.,

Filing 409

Letter from Brian Blackman Re: Digital Envoy's Motion to Compel. (Blackman, Brian) (Filed on 2/15/2006)

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Digital Envoy Inc., v. Google Inc., Doc. 409 Case 5:04-cv-01497-RS Document 409 Filed 02/15/2006 Page 1 of 3 Writer's Direct Line: 415-774-2981 bblackman@sheppardmullin.com February 15, 2006 Our File Number: 05VA-111623 VIA ELECTRONIC FILING The Honorable Richard Seeborg United States Magistrate Judge United States District Court 280 South 1st Street San Jose, CA 95113 Re: Digital Envoy, Inc. v. Google Inc. United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Case No. C-04-01497. Your Honor: We write on behalf of Digital Envoy, Inc. ("Digital Envoy") to request the Court revisit its January 24, 2006, Order denying as moot Digital Envoy's Motion to Compel Further Responses To Digital Envoy's Interrogatories, Requests For Production of Documents, and 30(b)(6) Deposition Notices ("Motion to Compel"). See Order Clarifying and Expanding Scope of Order Granting Google's Motion for Summary Judgment Regarding Damages at 7, n. 5. For the reasons set forth below, several of the discovery requests that are the subject of the Motion to Compel relate directly to Google Inc.'s ("Google") counterclaims, which remain pending in this action. Accordingly, Digital Envoy requests a ruling on its Motion to Compel so that it may obtain discoverable information directly relevant to its defenses against Google's counterclaims. Google's has asserted counterclaims for breach of contract and trade secret misappropriation. See Amended Answer and Counterclaim, 30, 38, and 44. The following discovery requests are relevant to those counterclaims and were the subject of Digital Envoy's Motion to Compel: Deposition Topic 9: All damages claimed by Google in its counterclaims, including the causation of such damages. Deposition Topic 12: The factual basis for your claim that Digital Envoy disclosed each of the alleged trade secrets (treating each subpart separately) in your 2019(d) disclosure. Deposition Topic 7: Google's responses to discovery requests, including but not limited to its search for and retrieval of documents. See Digital Envoy's Points and Authorities In Support of Its Motion to Compel Further Responses to Digital Envoy's Interrogatories, Requests for Production of Documents, and 30(b)(6) Deposition Notices ("Memo") at pp. 9-10. Dockets.Justia.com Case 5:04-cv-01497-RS Document 409 Filed 02/15/2006 Page 2 of 3 February 15, 2006 Page 2 Digital Envoy has moved to dismiss Google's counterclaim for declaratory judgment on the ground that the counterclaim is moot due to the Court's recent orders on Digital Envoy's claims. See Digital Envoy's Motion to Dismiss and for Entry of Final Judgment. However, should Google be allowed to proceed with its declaratory judgment counterclaim, then Digital Envoy should be allowed to compel further discovery responses from Google that relate to that counterclaim as set forth in its Motion to Compel. In particular, Google's declaratory judgment counterclaim seeks a determination that Google "has not exceeded the scope of the license agreement with Digital Envoy and that it has not misused any supposed intellectual property licensed to Digital Envoy." See Answer to Amended Complaint of Digital Envoy and Amended Counterclaims for Breach of Contract, Declaratory Judgment, and Trade Secret Misappropriation, 34. The following discovery requests are directly relevant to Digital Envoy's defense of this counterclaim and were the subject of its Motion to Compel: Document Request 18: All documents relating to information other than web site information provided by Google to then existing or prospective AdWords or AdSense customers relating to AdWords, AdSense, and any other program or offering relating to the placemen of advertisements on any web site. Deposition Topic 1: All uses made by Google of Digital Envoy's data or technology, including but not limited to the technical flow of that results in an advertisement being displayed in connection with the AdSense programs. Deposition Topic 2: Google's procedures for confirming adherence to and compliance with Google's licensing agreements with third party licensors. Deposition Topic 3: Google's actions in confirming adherence to and compliance with the terms of Google's Licensing Agreement with Digital Envoy. Deposition Topic 10: All affirmative defenses raised by Google. See Memo at pp. 4; 7-8; 10. Respectfully Submitted, /s/ Brian Blackman Brian R. Blackman for SHEPPARD MULLIN RICHTER & HAMPTON LLP W02-SF:5BB\61485248.1 Case 5:04-cv-01497-RS Document 409 Filed 02/15/2006 Page 3 of 3 February 15, 2006 Page 3 cc: Timothy H. Kratz, Esq. Robert J. Waddell, Jr., Esq. P. Craig Cardon, Esq. David Kramer, Esq.

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