Northeastern University et al v. Google, Inc.,

Filing 22

ANSWER to Counterclaim by Northeastern University, Jarg Corporation.(Valek, Michael)

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Northeastern University et al v. Google, Inc., Doc. 22 Case 2:07-cv-00486-TJW Document 22 Filed 01/31/2008 Page 1 of 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS MARSHALL DIVISION NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY and JARG CORPORATION Plaintiffs, v. GOOGLE, INC. Defendant. Case No. 2:07-CV-486-TJW NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY AND JARG CORP.'S REPLY TO GOOGLE, INC.'S COUNTERCLAIM FOR DECLARATORY RELIEF Plaintiffs Northeastern University and Jarg Corp. (collectively "Plaintiffs") file this reply to Google, Inc.'s ("Google") Counterclaim for Declaratory Relief and respond to the allegations of each paragraph as follows: Nature of the Action 1. This counterclaim seeks a declaratory judgment of noninfringement and invalidity of the '593 patent asserted by Plaintiffs in this action. Google seeks judgment under the patent laws of the United States, 35 U.S.C. 101, et seq., and the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. 2201 and 2202. ANSWER: Plaintiffs admit that Google's counterclaim purports to seek declaratory judgment under the patent laws, 35 U.S.C. 101, et seq., and the Declaratory Judgement Act, 28 U.S.C. 2201 and 2202, but specifically deny that Google is entitled to any such relief. 1 Dockets.Justia.com Case 2:07-cv-00486-TJW Document 22 Filed 01/31/2008 Page 2 of 6 Parties 2. Google is a Delaware corporation with a principal place of business at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043. ANSWER: Admitted. 3. On information and belief, Northeastern University is a university organized and existing under the laws of the State of Massachusetts and has its principal place of business at 716 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02120. ANSWER: Admitted. 4. On information and belief, Jarg Corporation is a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Delaware and has its principal place of business at 330 Bear Hill Rd., Waltham, MA 02451. ANSWER: Admitted. Jurisdiction and Venue 5. This court has subject matter jurisdiction over this counterclaim pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1331 and 1338, the patent laws of the United States set forth at 35 U.S.C. 101 et seq., and the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. 2201 and 2202. ANSWER: Admitted. 2 Case 2:07-cv-00486-TJW Document 22 Filed 01/31/2008 Page 3 of 6 6. Plaintiffs Northeastern and Jarg have consented to the personal jurisdiction of this Court by commencing their action for patent infringement in this judicial district, as set forth in Plaintiffs' Complaint. ANSWER: Admitted. 7. Venue is proper in this judicial district pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1391(b), (c) and 1400(b). ANSWER: Admitted. Count I (Declaratory Relief Regarding Non-Infringement) 8. Pursuant to the Federal Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. 2201 et seq., Google requests a declaration of the Court that Google has not infringed and does not currently infringe any claim of the '593 patent, either directly, contributorily, or by inducement. ANSWER: Plaintiffs admit that Google has requested declaratory relief, but specifically deny that Google is entitled to such relief because, inter alia, Google has infringed and continues to infringe the '593 patent. Count II (Declaratory Relief Regarding Invalidity) 9. Pursuant to the Federal Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. 2201 et seq., Google requests a declaration of the Court that the '593 patent is invalid because it fails to satisfy conditions for 3 Case 2:07-cv-00486-TJW Document 22 Filed 01/31/2008 Page 4 of 6 patentability specified in 35 U.S.C. 101 et seq., including, without limitation, sections 101, 102, 103, and/or 112. ANSWER: Plaintiffs admit that Google has requested declaratory relief, but specifically deny that Google is entitled to such relief because, inter alia, the '593 patent is valid. Dated: January 31, 2008 Respectfully submitted, /s/ Michael Valek William B. Dawson (Tx Bar No. 05603600) VINSON & ELKINS L.L.P. 3700 Trammel Crow Center 3001 Ross Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201-2975 Tel: (214) 220-7926 Fax: (214) 999-7926 David B. Weaver (TX Bar No. 00798576) Michael Valek (TX Bar No.24044028) R. Floyd Walker (TX Bar No. 24044751) Stephen C. Stout (TX Bar No. 24060672) VINSON & ELKINS L.L.P. 2801 Via Fortuna, Suite 100 Austin, Texas 78746 Tel: (512) 542-8400 Fax: (512) 236-3338 E-mail: dweaver@velaw.com mvalek@velaw.com fwalker@velaw.com sstout@velaw.com OF COUNSEL: Otis W Carroll, Jr. IRELAND CARROLL & KELLEY 6101 S Broadway, Suite 500 Tyler, TX 75703 Tel: 903-561-1600 Fax: 903-581-1071 Email: Fedserv@icklaw.com 4 Case 2:07-cv-00486-TJW Document 22 Filed 01/31/2008 Page 5 of 6 Franklin Jones, Jr. Jones & Jones, Inc. P.C. 201 W Houston St., PO Drawer 1249 Marshall, TX 75671-1249 Tel: 903-938-4395 Fax: 903-938-3360 Email: maizieh@millerfirm.com ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFFS NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY AND JARG CORPORATION 5 Case 2:07-cv-00486-TJW Document 22 Filed 01/31/2008 Page 6 of 6 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE The undersigned certifies that the foregoing document was filed electronically in compliance with Local Rule CV-5(a). As such, this document was served on all counsel who are deemed to have consented to electronic service. Local Rule CV-5(a)(3)(A). Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 5(d) and Local Rule CV-5(d) and (e), all other counsel of record not deemed to have consented to electronic service were served with a true and correct copy of the foregoing by email and/or fax, on this the 31st day of January, 2008. /s/ Michael Valek 6

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