Google, Inc. v. Affinity Engines, Inc.

Filing 14

NOTICE of Related Case re Notice of Pendency of Other Action Case Number 104 CV 020368 is currently pending before Judge William J. Elfving in Santa Clara Superior Court. Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 3-13 (Bens, Rory) (Filed on 3/1/2005) Modified on 3/2/2005 (cv, COURT STAFF).

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Google, Inc. v. Affinity Engines, Inc. Doc. 14 Case 5:05-cv-00598-JW Document 14 Filed 03/01/2005 Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 G. HOPKINS GUY, III (STATE BAR NO. 124811) ERIC L. WESENBERG (STATE BAR NO. 139696) RORY G. BENS (STATE BAR NO. 201674) ORRICK, HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE LLP 1000 Marsh Road Menlo Park, CA 94025 Telephone: (650) 614-7400 Facsimile: (650) 614-7401 Attorneys for Defendant AFFINITY ENGINES, INC. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION GOOGLE INC., a Delaware corporation, Plaintiff, v. AFFINITY ENGINES, INC., a Delaware corporation, Defendant. Case No. C 05-0598 JW (HRL) NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF OTHER ACTION (CIVIL L.R. 3-13) The Honorable James Ware NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF OTHER ACTION CASE NO. C 05-0598 JW (HRL) Dockets.Justia.com Case 5:05-cv-00598-JW Document 14 Filed 03/01/2005 Page 2 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Pursuant to Civil Local Rule 3-13, defendant Affinity Engines, Inc. ("AEI") respectfully submits this Notice of Pendency of Other Action. This action involves a material part of the same subject matter and substantially all of the same parties as a pending state court action that has been pending for more than nine months. The named parties in the present action are currently litigating a dispute in state court in which AEI is the plaintiff. The state court lawsuit, entitled Affinity Engines, Inc. v. Google, Inc. et al., Case No. 104 CV 020368, is currently pending before Judge William J. Elfving in Santa Clara Superior Court. A copy of the Complaint in the state court action is attached as Exhibit A to the Declaration of Rory G. Bens in Support of AEI's Motion to Dismiss and/or Stay Proceedings ("Bens Decl."). A Trial Setting Conference has been set for April 26, 2005, and AEI expects trial in the state court action to occur by August 2005. See Bens Decl. 3. As explained in more detail in AEI's Motion to Dismiss and/or Stay Proceedings ("AEI's Motion"), filed concurrently herewith, the state court action and this action are closely related. In the state court action, AEI is pursuing several causes of action against Google, Inc. ("Google"), including misappropriation of AEI's trade secret and confidential information. These claims generally relate to Google's misappropriation of the software and source code for "inCircle," AEI's flagship product. In the present action, Google contends that it owns the "inCircle" software that is the basis of AEI's state court claims. Google alleges that AEI is infringing Google's purported copyright in the inCircle product and source code. Both the state action and the present action involve overlapping factual and legal issues including, among other things, ownership of the inCircle software and source code and the interpretation of several written agreements entered into between the parties. As explained in AEI's Motion, the proceedings in the present action should be stayed pending final judgment in the state court action. A stay of the present action will avoid conflicts, conserve resources and promote an efficient determination of the action. -1- NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF OTHER ACTION CASE NO. C 05-0598 JW (HRL) Case 5:05-cv-00598-JW Document 14 Filed 03/01/2005 Page 3 of 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Dated: March 1, 2005 Respectfully submitted, ORRICK, HERRINGTON & SUTCLIFFE LLP /s/ G. Hopkins Guy, III Attorneys for Defendant AFFINITY ENGINES, INC. -2- NOTICE OF PENDENCY OF OTHER ACTION CASE NO. C 05-0598 JW (HRL)

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