Bedrock Computer Technologies, LLC v. Softlayer Technologies, Inc. et al

Filing 259

MOTION to Compel a Complete Response To Their Sixth Interrogatories by Google Inc., Match.Com LLC. (Attachments: #1 Text of Proposed Order, #2 Affidavit Ex. A, #3 Exhibit A.1, #4 Exhibit A.2, #5 Exhibit A.3, #6 Exhibit A.4, #7 Exhibit A.5, #8 Exhibit A.6)(Briggs, Todd)

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Bedrock Computer Technologies, LLC v. Softlayer Technologies, Inc. et al Doc. 259 Att. 3 EXHIBIT A.1 Dockets.Justia.com UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS TYLER DIVISION BEDROCK COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES LLC, Plaint iff, v. SOFTLAYER TECHNOLOGIES, INC., CITIWARE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, LLC, GOOGLE INC., YAHOO! INC., MYSPACE INC., AMAZON.COM INC., PAYPAL INC., MATCH.COM, LLC, AOL LLC, and CME GROUP INC., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) CASE NO. 6:09-CV-00269 DEFENDANT MATCH.COM, LLC'S FIRST SET OF INTERROGATORIES TO PLAINTIFF BEDROCK COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES LLC Pursuant to Rule 33 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Defendant Match.com, LLC ("Match.com") hereby requests that Plaintiff Bedrock Computer Technologies LLC ("Bedrock") answer the following interrogatories separately, fully, and under oath within thirty (30) days of service. Plaintiff is subject to a duty to supplement all responses to these interrogatories in accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(e). DEFINITIONS 1. "Document" shall have the broadest meaning ascribed to it by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34 and Federal Rule of Evidence 1001. 2. 3. "Any" shall be understood to include and encompass "all." The singular shall always include the plural and the present tense shall also include the past tense. 01980.51572/3203682.4 1 4. "And" as well as "or" shall be construed disjunctively or conjunctively as necessary to bring within the scope of the request all documents or things that might otherwise be construed to be outside its scope. 5. "Person" and "persons" mean both natural persons and legal entities, including, without limitation, corporations, companies, firms, partnerships, joint ventures, proprietorships, associations, and governmental bodies or agencies. Unless noted otherwise, references to any person, entity or party herein include its, his or her agents, attorneys, employees, employers, officers, directors, or others acting on behalf of said person, entity, or party. 6. "Evidence" or any variant thereof, including but not limited to "evidencing," when used in connection with any document, shall be understood to apply if the document directly or indirectly mentions, discusses, constitutes, concerns, supports, contradicts, relates to, refers to, or in any other way deals with the subject matter described in the request in which the term appears. 7. "Relate" or "refer" or any variants thereof, when used in connection with any document, shall be understood to apply if the document directly or indirectly evidences, mentions, discusses, constitutes, concerns, supports, contradicts, refers to, or in any other way deals with the subject matter described in the request in which the term appears. 8. "Communication" means any contact, oral or documentary, formal or informal, at any place or under any circumstances whatsoever whereby information of any nature is transmitted or transferred, including, without limitation, a single person seeing or hearing any information by any means. 01980.51572/3203682.4 2 9. "Match.co m" means Match.com, LLC, including its present and former corporate parents, predecessors in interest, successors in interest, shareholders, divisions, departments, subsidiaries, branches, affiliates, and its present and former officers, directors, executives, employees, partners, agents, principals, attorneys, trustees, representatives, and other persons acting or purporting to act on its behalf. 10. "Bedrock" means Bedrock Computer Technologies LLC and its directors, officers, parents, subsidiaries, predecessors, successors, assigns, agents, servants, employees, investigators, attorneys, and all other persons and entities representing it or acting on its behalf. 11. "Infringe" or any variant thereof refers to any infringement whether direct, contributory, or by inducement. 12. 13. "`120 Patent" means U.S. Patent No. 5,893,120. "Match.co m Accused Product" means each and every Match.com product, structure, method, or process alleged by Plaintiff in this action to be infringing or causing infringement of any claims of the `120 Patent. 14. "File History" means all communications, documents, and things relating to the prosecution of the `120 Patent. 15. "Complaint " refers to the complaint filed by Bedrock against Match.com in this action and any amendments to that complaint. 16. "Prior Art" means any document, action, or information that actually or potentially satisfies any of the prior art provisions of 35 U.S.C. 100, et seq., e.g. 102, 103. 17. "Persons with knowledge" means any persons (1) who observed or witnessed the event or communication in question; (2) who participated in the event in question; 01980.51572/3203682.4 3 or (3) who discussed the event or communication in question with a person meeting the description in (1) or (2) herein. INSTRUCTIONS 1. To "identify" a person means to state the person's name and last known residential and business addresses and telephone numbers and to provide the facts or documents about which you believe that person has knowledge. 2. To "identify" an event, discussion, inquiry or request means to state the date that any of the foregoing occurred, the individuals involved, the location where the event, discussion, inquiry or request occurred, and the outcome thereof. 3.. To "identify" a document means to: a. refer to the document's identification or exhibit number if the document has been previously produced or used in discovery or attach a true copy of the document to the interrogatory answers and state the document's title and date, or if unknown the approximate date of creation; b. provide the identity of each person who signed or participated in the preparation of the document; c. provide the identity of each person who is an addressee, including those to whom copies were to be sent, or who received a copy of the document; d. e. provide a summary of the subject matter of the document; provide the present location of the document and the identity of the custodian of the original and each copy thereof; and f. if the document no longer exists, give the date on which it was destroyed, the identity of the person who destroyed it, and the person under whose authority it was destroyed. 01980.51572/3203682.4 4 4. To "identify" a product, system, method, apparatus, device, prototype, service or other object of manufacture means to state: (1) the model, part number, serial number, or other method of identification; (2) its trade name, including but not limited to other names or methods of identification associated with the product or the trade name of the item in which the product, device, or object of manufacture is incorporated; and (3) the date and place of manufacture; and the name of the manufacturer. 5. In answering the following interrogatories, you are required to provide all information that is available to you or within your control, including information in the possession of your attorneys, investigators, employees, agents, representatives, and guardians or any other person acting on your behalf, and not merely information from your own personal knowledge. 6. If you cannot answer any interrogatory in full, answer to the extent you are able to do so, state the reason for your inability to answer further, and state the knowledge or information available to you concerning the unanswered portion. 7. If you object to any of the interrogatories, you must state the grounds for any objection(s). If you object to only part of an interrogatory, you must state the objection and the grounds for any objection(s) and respond to the remainder of the interrogatory. 8. to which it responds. 9. For each interrogatory, identify all persons who provided information or Each answer should be preceded by a reiteration of the full interrogatory otherwise assisted in preparing your response. 01980.51572/3203682.4 5 INTERROGATORIES 1. State all facts supporting any contention by Bedrock that it has standing to sue for infringement of the `120 Patent, including identifying all persons or entities that currently have or previously had an ownership interest in the `120 Patent from the date it was filed until now and describing in detail the nature of each person or entity's ownership interest, when it was acquired, the terms of such acquisition, and when and how that person or entity stopped having an ownership interest. 2. Ident ify all projects or products on which Richard Nemes has worked that relate to the removal of expired data from linked lists or hash tables, including any such projects or products worked on while he was employed at Bell Communications Research, Inc. Identify the dates on which Richard Nemes worked on the projects or products, for whom he was doing the work, and the individuals with whom he worked. 3. For each claim of the `120 Patent, describe all investigations made by or on behalf of Bedrock, Richard Nemes, or David Garrod prior to the filing of the Complaint regarding whether any claim of the `120 Patent is infringed by any Match.com product or service, including identifying the persons involved in the investigations, the persons to whom reports were made, the persons involved in the approval of the filing of the Complaint, the date of the investigation, the Match.com products and services that were the subject of the investigation, the public information considered in the investigation, any other items or information considered in the investigation, when and where such information and items were obtained, the conclusions reached in the investigations, all documents referring to or describing such investigations, and the date on which Bedrock, Nemes, or Garrod first became aware that any of Match.com's accused products or services might infringe the `120 Patent. 01980.51572/3203682.4 6 4. For each claim of the `120 Patent, state all facts that form the basis of Bedrock's allegation that Match.com induces or contributes to the infringement of others, including identifying each person or entity Bedrock believes to be a direct infringer, what actions by such direct infringers Bedrock believes constitute infringement, and what actions undertaken by Match.com Bedrock believes induce or contribute to the infringing actions of such direct infringers. 5. For each claim of the `120 Patent, state all facts that form the basis of Bedrock's allegation that Match.com makes infringing products or services, Match.com uses infringing products or services, Match.com sells infringing products or services, and Match.com offers to sell infringing products or services. 6. If Bedrock contends that it is entitled to any monetary recovery as a result of alleged infringement of the `120 Patent by Match.com, state whether it contends that it is entitled to lost profits or a reasonable royalty, and state all facts and reasons upon which it relies in support of its contention. In the case of lost profits damages, identify each of Bedrock's products that allegedly falls within the scope of any `120 Patent claim and the total annual sales from that product's introduction to the present. In the case of reasonable royalty damages, state what Bedrock asserts to be a reasonable royalty to be paid by Match.com under 35 U.S.C. 284, including the complete factual bases on which Bedrock bases its calculation of such royalty rate. DATED: December 17, 2009 QUINN EMANUEL URQUHART OLIVER & HEDGES, LLP By /s/ Todd M. Briggs Todd M. Briggs Attorney for Defendant, MATCH.COM, LLC 01980.51572/3203682.4 7 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that counsel of record who are deemed to have consented to electronic service are being served with a true and correct copy of the foregoing document via the Court's CM/ECF system per Local Rule CV-5(a)(3) on December 17, 2009. By: /s/ Todd M. Briggs___ Todd M. Briggs 01980.51572/3203682.4 8

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