Google Inc. v. Rockstar Consortium US LP et al

Filing 67

MOTION to Transfer Case or, in the Alternative to Stay filed by MobileStar Technologies LLC, Rockstar Consortium US LP. Motion Hearing set for 6/26/2014 02:00 PM in Courtroom 2, 4th Floor, Oakland before Hon. Claudia Wilken. Responses due by 5/23/2014. Replies due by 5/30/2014. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Joshua Budwin, # 2 Exhibit 1, # 3 Exhibit 2, # 4 Exhibit 3, # 5 Exhibit 4, # 6 Exhibit 5, # 7 Exhibit 6, # 8 Exhibit 7, # 9 Exhibit 8, # 10 Exhibit 9, # 11 Exhibit 10, # 12 Exhibit 11, # 13 Exhibit 12, # 14 Exhibit 13, # 15 Exhibit 14, # 16 Exhibit 15, # 17 Exhibit 16, # 18 Exhibit 17, # 19 Exhibit 18, # 20 Exhibit 19, # 21 Exhibit 20, # 22 Exhibit 21, # 23 Exhibit 22, # 24 Exhibit 23, # 25 Exhibit 24, # 26 Exhibit 25, # 27 Exhibit 26, # 28 Exhibit 27, # 29 Exhibit 28, # 30 Exhibit 29, # 31 Exhibit 30, # 32 Exhibit 31, # 33 Exhibit 32, # 34 Exhibit 33, # 35 Exhibit 34, # 36 Exhibit 35, # 37 Declaration of William Colvin, # 38 Declaration of Brian Egan, # 39 Declaration of Erik Fako, # 40 Declaration of Mark Hearn, # 41 Declaration of Gillian Mccolgan, # 42 Declaration of Matthew Poisson, # 43 Declaration of Donald Powers, # 44 Declaration of Marilyn French-St. George, # 45 Declaration of John Veschi, # 46 Declaration of Bruce Anthony Wootton, # 47 Proposed Order)(Budwin, Joshua) (Filed on 5/9/2014)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 Courtland L. Reichman (SBN 268873) McKool Smith Hennigan, P.C. 255 Shoreline Drive Suite 510 Redwood Shores, CA 94065 (650) 394-1400 (650) 394-1422 (facsimile) Attorneys for Defendants Rockstar Consortium US LP and MobileStar Technologies LLC 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 OAKLAND 11 Google, Inc. 12 13 14 Plaintiff, vs. Rockstar Consortium U.S. LP and MobileStar Technologies LLC 15 Defendants. 16 17 18 19 20 21 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. 13-cv-5933 (CW) DECLARATION OF DONALD POWERS IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANTS’ ROCKSTAR CONSORTIUM US LP AND MOBILESTAR TECHNOLOGIES LLC’S §1404 MOTION TO TRANSFER TO THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS DECLARATION OF DONALD POWERS IN SUPPORT OF DEFENDANTS’ ROCKSTAR CONSORTIUM US LP AND MOBILESTAR TECHNOLOGIES LLC’S §1404 MOTION TO TRANSFER TO THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 13-cv-5933-CW Declaration of Donald Powers DECLARATION OF DONALD POWERS 1 2 3 I, Donald Powers, declare as follows: 1. I have been a member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas since 1986 and am 4 Litigation Counsel for Rockstar Consortium US LP (“Rockstar”). I submit this declaration in 5 support of Defendants’ Motion to Transfer to the Eastern District of Texas Under U.S.C. 28 § 6 1404(a) or, in the Alternative, to Stay in the case of Google Inc. v. Rockstar Consortium US LP, et 7 al, Case No. 13-cv-5933 (CW). 8 9 2. Prior to my employment with Rockstar, I worked for Nortel for over 13 years as 10 Senior Counsel in the Richardson, Texas, office. I began my employment with Nortel on February 11 2, 1998, and left the company in April 2011. I joined Rockstar in January 2012. 12 13 14 3. Based on my previous employment with Nortel and present employment with Rockstar, I have relevant knowledge regarding the instant suit, including knowledge of Nortel’s corporate organization and structure, Rockstar’s corporate organization and structure, documents 15 16 investigated for purposes of this suit, locations of relevant documents and witnesses, and parties with 17 first-hand knowledge about the patents-in-suit and activities related to those patents. I make this 18 declaration based upon my own personal knowledge unless otherwise indicated herein, and if called 19 as a witness, I could and would competently testify thereto. 20 21 4. I currently reside in Richardson, Texas, in the Eastern District of Texas, where I have lived for 17 years. 22 5. Rockstar and MobileStar Technologies LLC (“MobileStar”) are the assignee and the 23 24 exclusive licensee, respectively, of the patents-in-suit, which were previously held by Nortel. 25 Rockstar owns two of the patents-in-suit and previously owned the others, before assigning them to 26 MobileStar. 27 28 -113-cv-5933-CW Declaration of Donald Powers 1 6. Rockstar is a Delaware limited partnership. Rockstar Consortium Inc. is a British 2 Columbia (Canadian) corporation with its office in Ottawa. The two companies are separate legal 3 entities. 4 5 6 7. MobileStar is a subsidiary of Rockstar. MobileStar is based in Plano, Texas, in the Eastern District of Texas. 8. At the time Nortel filed for bankruptcy, its international headquarters was located in 7 Ontario, Canada, and Nortel’s United States headquarters was located at 2221 Lakeside Boulevard in 8 9 Richardson, Texas—less than one mile from the border of the Eastern District of Texas. This 10 location was referred to as the Lakeside campus. On information and belief, the Lakeside campus 11 was built in 1991 and encompassed over 800,000 square feet of office space, including two office 12 buildings. At its peak around the year 2000, a little fewer than 10,000 employees worked for Nortel 13 14 in the Dallas area, many of whom lived in the Eastern District of Texas. 9. In January 2009, at the time Nortel declared bankruptcy, over 2,000 employees 15 16 17 worked at Nortel’s office in Richardson, Texas. 10. The limited partners of Rockstar are Apple Incorporated (“Apple”), BlackBerry 18 Corporation 19 (“Microsoft”) and Sony IPLA Holdings Inc. (“Sony”). 20 21 (“BlackBerry”), Ericsson Incorporated (“Ericsson”), Microsoft Corporation 11. BlackBerry’s United States headquarters is in Irving, Texas. 12. Ericsson’s United States headquarters is in Plano, Texas, within the Eastern District 22 of Texas. 23 24 25 13. Microsoft is headquartered in Redmond, Washington. 14. Apple is headquartered in Cupertino, California. 26 27 28 -213-cv-5933-CW Declaration of Donald Powers 1 2 15. Sony’s United States headquarters is in New York City, New York. Its intellectual property operations are run from offices in New Jersey. 3 16. Rockstar’s limited partners do not direct or control Rockstar’s licensing efforts. 4 17. The general partner of Rockstar is the Delaware limited liability corporation Rockstar 5 Consortium LLC. 6 18. Kasim Alfalahi is the Initial Manager and Vice President of Rockstar Consortium 7 LLC. Mr. Alfalahi is also a Rockstar Board member and Chief IP officer at Ericsson. Mr. Alfalahi 8 9 10 works at Ericsson’s Plano, Texas, office in the Eastern District of Texas. 19. I understand that Lazard in New York and Global IP Law Group in Chicago advised 11 Nortel in the auction process. The lead Lazard employee working on the Nortel intellectual property 12 deal was David Descoteaux, who still works for Lazard in New York. Other advisory team members 13 14 were Justin Lux, who now works for Portfolio Advisors in the New York City area; Colin Keenan, who now works for Brightwood Capital Advisors in New York City; Edouard Gueyffier, who now 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 lives in the United Kingdom and works for Estin & Co.; and Kshitij Bhatia, who now lives in India and works for Warburg Pincus. 20. The United States Nortel representative is now in New York and the Canadian Nortel representative is in Ontario. 21. Rockstar Bidco LP, a separate entity from Rockstar, having separate management, is also based in New York. When Nortel held an auction for its patents in 2011, Google made an initial 22 stalking horse bid of $900 million. Google ultimately lost the auction to Rockstar Bidco LP, which 23 24 25 paid $4.5 billion to acquire Nortel’s patents, including the patents-in-suit. Rockstar Bidco LP—a distinct entity from Rockstar—assigned over 1,100 of the Nortel patents directly to Apple, assigned 26 27 28 -313-cv-5933-CW Declaration of Donald Powers 1 2 3 some of Nortel’s other patents directly to Rockstar’s other limited partners, and assigned most of the remaining Nortel patents (including the patents-in-suit) to Rockstar. 22. When the sale of the patents-in-suit closed in 2011, many of the former Nortel 4 employees who worked in the IP group were hired by Rockstar. For example, Rockstar’s CEO, 5 CFO, and CTO each previously worked for Nortel. Several of Nortel’s Canadian employees 6 involved in intellectual property were hired by a Canadian entity, Rockstar Consortium Inc. The 7 Canadian entity entered into a services agreement to provide various intellectual-property-support 8 9 10 services to Rockstar. 23. Rockstar originally conducted its operations out of a portion of the former Nortel 11 complex at the Lakeside campus that used to house the Nortel IP group. Rockstar upgraded its 12 facilities in August 2012 when it signed a 7-year lease at its current offices at Legacy Town Center 13 14 in Plano, Texas, a short drive away from the Lakeside campus. In December 2012, Rockstar finished the build-out of the new Plano, Texas, office and completed its move to the new facilities, 15 16 17 which are located in the Eastern District of Texas. 24. Rockstar’s current offices are far more attractive and suitable than the former 18 location, and Rockstar selected them to serve as a fully functional headquarters facility that would 19 attract high-quality employees. The office contains 8,125 square feet with 10 assigned offices, two 20 guest offices, seven work areas, and four conference rooms, in addition to storage space. 21 25. Rockstar has 15 full-time employees; five employees work full-time from the Plano, 22 Texas, office, while the others spend significant time there. 23 24 26. Rockstar’s Plano, Texas, office is the only office for the company, although some 25 employees work out of their homes in addition to working from offices in the Plano, Texas, 26 facilities. From the Plano, Texas, office, Rockstar employees engage in substantial licensing and 27 28 -413-cv-5933-CW Declaration of Donald Powers 1 litigation support work. Rockstar’s annual strategy sessions and quarterly operations reviews, 2 requiring the attendance of many Rockstar employees, including all of Rockstar and Rockstar 3 Consortium Inc.’s management, are also conducted in Plano, Texas. 4 5 6 27. Rockstar routinely sends licensing correspondence and executes contracts, including Non-Disclosure Agreements, from its Plano, Texas, office. When Rockstar was initially formed, for a transitional period of time Rockstar would send licensing correspondence using Rockstar 7 Consortium Inc.’s Ottawa address. Since Rockstar re-located to its current Plano, Texas, location, it 8 9 has sent licensing correspondence and entered into agreements from its Plano, Texas, office. For 10 example, since March 2012, Rockstar employees have signed non-disclosure and other agreements 11 with a number of companies from its Plano, Texas, offices. 12 13 14 28. Since MobileStar’s formation, it has sent licensing correspondence and entered into agreements from its Plano, Texas, office. 29. No employees of Rockstar or MobileStar live in California. 30. Of the eight Rockstar employees who likely have relevant information about this suit, 15 16 17 three work full-time in the Plano office, one lives in Pennsylvania (John Veschi), one lives in 18 Colorado (Chad Hilyard), one currently lives in North Carolina (Erik Fako), one lives in 19 Massachusetts (Bruce Schofield), and one currently lives in Florida (Gillian McColgan). The three 20 full-time employees in Plano who likely have relevant knowledge about this suit are myself, Mark 21 Hearn, and Bernard Tiegerman. Mr. Tiegerman has lived in the Eastern District of Texas since 22 2000, when he started working for Nortel’s Richardson, Texas office. With the exception of Mr. 23 24 Hilyard, all of us formerly were employed by Nortel. I understand that Mr. Hearn, Mr. Veschi, Ms. 25 McColgan, and Mr. Tiegerman have submitted their own declarations discussing their knowledge of 26 facts and circumstances relevant to this suit. The other Rockstar employees with knowledge relevant 27 28 -513-cv-5933-CW Declaration of Donald Powers 1 to this case have information related to infringement, damages, and patent monetization, including 2 possible licensing or sale, of the patents-in-suit. At least Messrs. Veschi and Hilyard also have 3 relevant knowledge regarding Google’s knowledge of the patents-in-suit. Randy Mishler, a Rockstar 4 Board member and Senior Director of IP Licensing at BlackBerry, works in nearby Irving, Texas. 5 Mr. Mishler is also a former Nortel patent attorney. 6 31. Rockstar’s Plano, Texas, office contains hard drives from former Nortel and former 7 Rockstar employees as well as boxes of hard copy documents pertaining to Nortel’s licensing of the 8 9 patents-in-suit, notes related to prior licensing meetings regarding the patents-in-suit, and internal 10 patent prosecution files for the patents-in-suit. Additionally, the Plano office is equipped to access 11 all electronic records at Rockstar Consortium Inc.’s Canada location. 12 13 14 32. Rockstar Consortium Inc. employs 21 employees in Canada – 19 in its office in Ottawa and two in Toronto. Certain of these employees routinely travel for work to Plano. Approximately four of these employees have relevant information about the lawsuit. It is 15 16 significantly easier for these employees to travel from Ontario to the Eastern District of Texas than it 17 is for them to travel to the Northern District of California, because the employees have support 18 facilities in Texas and they are familiar with the Eastern District of Texas region by virtue of their 19 routine travel there. 20 21 33. Third-party witnesses in this suit include former Nortel employees. The former Nortel employees include: Art Fisher, who was Nortel’s Vice President of Intellectual Property Law 22 from 1998-2004 and who currently resides in the Dallas area; and Richard Weiss, former Deputy 23 24 25 Intellectual Property Counsel for Nortel, who currently resides in the Eastern District of Texas. Mr. Fisher and Mr. Weiss possess knowledge related to Nortel’s licensing practices and policies during 26 27 28 -613-cv-5933-CW Declaration of Donald Powers 1 2 the years of their employment. They can testify regarding what industries and technologies Nortel’s patents, including the patents-in-suit, implicate. 34. 3 Rockstar’s general partner is Rockstar Consortium LLC, a Delaware limited liability 4 corporation. Rockstar’s limited partners, including Apple, neither direct nor control Rockstar’s 5 specific decisions regarding when, where, or who Rockstar litigates against. Instead, Rockstar’s 6 management directs Rockstar’s litigation decisions. 7 35. Neither Apple nor any other limited partner of Rockstar has a majority stake of either 8 9 Rockstar or MobileStar. 36. 10 Rockstar created MobileStar to serve as its mobile device licensing entity. Rockstar 11 created different subsidiary business entities to license its intellectual property in other areas, such 12 as: NetStar Technologies, which focuses on search engine technology; Bockstar Technologies, 13 14 which focuses on network/computer component technology; and Constellation Technologies, which focuses on technology for telecommunications service providers to deliver cable, 15 16 17 18 telecommunications, and other multimedia services. These entities were created at the initiative of Rockstar management, without direction or input from the Rockstar equity holders. 37. Mark Wilson formerly served as an independent contractor for Rockstar. Mark 19 Wilson is no longer consulting for Rockstar. His contract ended on March 31, 2014. Mr. Wilson 20 never had any substantive involvement with any of the patents-in-suit or any of the EDTX 21 Defendants. In addition, Mr. Wilson never had any contact whatsoever with any potential licensees 22 in California regarding Rockstar’s patents. 23 24 25 38. Nortel Networks formerly maintained a small office in Santa Clara, California. This office never served as Nortel’s primary U.S. campus. 26 27 28 -713-cv-5933-CW Declaration of Donald Powers 13-cv-5933-CW Declaration of Donald Powers

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