Eolas Technologies Incorporated v. Adobe Systems Incorporated et al

Filing 957

Joint MOTION to Vacate the Schedule and for Case Management Conference at the August 31, 2011 Hearing by Adobe Systems Incorporated, Amazon.com Inc., CDW Corporation, Citigroup Inc., Eolas Technologies Incorporated, Google Inc., J.C. Penney Company, Inc., Staples, Inc., The Go Daddy Group, Inc., Yahoo! Inc.. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Healey, David)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS TYLER DIVISION EOLAS TECHNOLOGIES INCORPORATED, PLAINTIFF, v. ADOBE SYSTEMS INC, et al., DEFENDANTS. § § § § § § § § § § Civil Action No. 6:09-CV-446-LED JURY TRIAL DEMANDED PLAINTIFF’S AND SEVERAL DEFENDANTS’ JOINT MOTION TO VACATE THE SCHEDULE AND FOR CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE AT THE AUGUST 31, 2011 HEARING Plaintiff, Eolas Technologies Incorporated (“Eolas”), and Several of the Defendants herein, Adobe Systems, Inc., Amazon, Inc., CDW, Citigroup, Inc., Go-Daddy, Inc., Google, Inc., J.C. Penny, Inc., Staples, Inc., and Yahoo, Inc., jointly move to vacate the schedule (including pretrial and trial date); to vacate all other due dates and deadlines pending amendment of the scheduling order; and to put on the regular briefing schedule under Local Rule 7 the Plaintiff’s Motion to Join the Regents of the University of California. These Moving Parties also move for a case management conference to be held at the August 31, 2011 hearing. In connection with the requested relief, the Parties state the following: 1. Statement by Eolas: Eolas plans to file a Motion for Reconsideration or In The Alternative, Certification for Interlocutory Appeal, on the 1 construction of “executable application.” Additionally, Eolas may amend its infringement contentions under the Local Patent Rule 3.6 and supplement its expert report(s) accordingly. Eolas does not seek to relitigate claim construction or re-open fact discovery or expert reports generally. 2. Statement by Defendants: Defendants will oppose any inappropriate requests by Plaintiff for amendment of contentions or motion to supplement expert reports, as well as the re-opening of fact discovery as to Defendants, re-litigating claim construction, and/or adding new products to the case.1 Defendants have conferred with Plaintiff on Plaintiff’s Motion for Reconsideration of “executable application” and generally oppose it. Defendants are considering Eolas’ request for Interlocutory Appeal and, should there be such an appeal, the appropriate scope of the appeal. Each Defendant reserves its right to evaluate and consent to, or contest, any issue, and to raise its own issues as required. 3. Moving Parties agree that under these circumstances a September 22, 2011 pretrial conference, and an October 2011 trial, no longer appear realistic. The Moving Parties ask that the remainder of the current schedule be vacated; that all pending deadlines for motions, answers or other filings in 1 Some Defendants believe that any amendment of contentions or expert reports or additional discovery by Eolas is not warranted here. However, Defendants will meet and confer in good faith on any motion or request by any party. This is a general response to the Statement by Eolas. 2 this Court be stayed pending a new case management plan; and that the remaining briefing on the pending Motion for Joinder of the Regents of the University of California be put on the regular Local Rule 7 briefing schedule. 4. The Moving Parties ask the Court to discuss at the August 31, 2011 hearing a plan to bring this litigation to a conclusion without generally re-opening discovery, issued Orders or any other deadlines that have passed. 5. The Moving Parties have agreed to work together to submit such a revised schedule and case management plan to the Court within two weeks of the hearing, with the benefit of guidance from the Court, which generally does not re-open pleading, discovery or motion deadlines already passed, except for specific points the Parties may agree on or that the Court may order for good cause shown. The parties request that, at the August 31, 2011 hearing, the Court discuss and, to the extent practical, prudent and possible, provide guidance as follows: 1. Determine from discussion with the Parties which pending Motions, if any, may still proceed regardless of claim construction (e.g., Weinstein and Bari Daubert Motion, License Motions, etc.), while suspending briefing on remaining Motions. 2. The Court might also explore with the Parties potential trial dates and trial staging. 3 3. If the Court vacates the schedule, the pending Motion regarding resetting deadlines for Frito-Lay may be moot depending on the rulings and guidance from the Court. 4. If the Court puts Eolas’ Motion to Join the Regents on the regular Local Rule 7 briefing schedule as requested, argument on this Motion will not be needed on August 31, and a normal briefing schedule may permit resolution of this issue. CONCLUSION Wherefore the Movants ask that the Court grant the relief requested in this Motion. 4 Respectfully submitted, By: /s/ James R. Batchelder by permission James R. Batchelder (pro hac vice) james.batchelder@ropesgray.com Sasha G. Rao (pro hac vice) sasha.rao@ropesgray.com Mark D. Rowland mark.rowland@ropesgray.com Brandon Stroy (pro hac vice) brandon.stroy@ropesgray.com Rebecca R. Hermes (pro hac vice) rebecca.wight@ropesgray.com Hart Xu (pro hac vice) han.xu@ropesgray.com ROPES & GRAY LLP 1900 University Avenue, 6th Floor East Palo Alto, California 94303-2284 Telephone: (650) 617-4000 Facsimile: (650) 617-4090 Michael E. Jones (Bar No. 10929400) mikejones@potterminton.com Allen F. Gardner (Bar No. 24043679) allengardner@potterminton.com POTTER MINTON A Professional Corporation 110 N. College, Suite 500 Tyler, TX 75702 Telephone: (903) 597-8311 Facsimile: (903) 593-0846 ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANTS GOOGLE, INC. AND YOUTUBE, LLC /s/ David J. Healey David J. Healey healey@fr.com FISH & RICHARDSON P.C. 1221 McKinney Street, Suite 2800 Houston, TX 77010 Telephone: (713) 654-5300 Facsimile: (713) 652-0109 Jason W. Wolff wolff@fr.com FISH & RICHARDSON P.C. 12390 E1 Camino Real San Diego, CA 92130 Telephone: (858) 678-4705 5 Frank E. Scherkenbach Scherkenbach@fr.com 6 Proshanto Mukherji Mukherji@fr.com FISH & RICHARDSON P.C. One Marina Park Drive Boston, MA 02110 Telephone: (617) 542-5070 Attorneys for Defendant ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED /s/Jennifer H. Doan, by permission Jennifer H. Doan jdoan@haltomdoan.com Joshua R. Thane jthane@haltomdoan.com Haltom & Doan 6500 Summerhill Road, Suite 100 Texarkana, TX 75503 Telephone: (903) 255-1000 Edward R. Reines Andrew Perito Aaron Y. Huang Weil Gotshal & Manges 201 Redwood Shores Parkway Redwood City, CA 94065 650.802.3000 edward.reines@weil.com andrew.perito@weil.com aaron.huang@weil.com sonal.mehta@weil.com Christian Hurt Weil Gotshal & Manges 700 Louisiana, Suite 1600 Houston, TX 77002 713.546.5000 christian.hurt@weft .coin Attorneys for Defendants AMAZON.COM INC. /s/ Thomas L. Duston by permission Thomas L. Duston Julianne Hartzell Scott A. Sanderson Anthony S. Gabrielson Marshall Gerstein & Borun 233 S. Wacker Drive 7 6300 Willis Tower Chicago, IL 60606 312.474.6300 tduston@marshallip.com jhartzell@marshallip.com ssanderson@marshallip.com agabrielson@marshallip.com Eric Hugh Findlay Brian Craft Findlay Craft 6760 Old Jacksonville Highway Suite 101 Tyler, TX 75703 903.534.1100 efindlay@findlaycraft.com bcraft@findlaycraff.com Attorneys for Defendant CDW LLC /s/ Edwin R. DeYoung by permission Edwin R. DeYoung Roger Brian Cowie Galyn Dwight Gafford Michael Scott Fuller Roy William Hardin Jason E. Mueller Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP 2200 Ross Ave. Suite 2200 Dallas, TX 75201 214.740.8500 edeyoung@lockelord.com rcowie@lockelord.com ggafford@lockeliddell.com sfuller@lockelord.com rhardin@lockelord.com jmueller@lockeliddell.com Eric L. Sophir SNR Denton 1301 K Street, N.W. Suite 600, East Tower Washington, DC 20005-3364 202.408.6470 eric.sophir@snrdenton.com Attorneys for Defendant CITIGROUP INC. /s/ Thomas M. Melsheimer, by persmission 8 Thomas M. Melsheimer Neff J. McNabnay Carl Bruce Fish & Richardson PC 1717 Main Street Suite 5000 Dallas, TX 75201 214.474.5070 melsheimer@fr.com mcnabnay@ff.com bruce@fr.com Proshanto Mukherji Fish & Richardson PC 225 Franklin Street Boston, MA 02110 617.542.5070 mukherji@fr.com Attorneys for Defendant THE GO DADDY GROUP, INC. /s/ Christopher M. Joe, by permission Christopher M. Joe Brian Carpenter Eric W. Buether Buether Joe & Carpenter 1700 Pacific, Suite 2390 Dallas, TX 75201 214-466-1270 Chris.Joe@BJCIPLaw.com Eric.Buether@BJCIPLaw.com Brian.Carpenter@BJCIPLaw.com Attorneys for Defendant J.C. PENNEY CORPORATION, INC. /s/ Michael Ernest Richardson, by permission Michael Ernest Richardson Beck Redden & Secrest 1221 McKinney Suite 4500 Houston, TX 77010 9 713.951.6284 mrichardson@brsfinn.com Kate Hutchins Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP 399 Park Avenue New York, NY 10022 212.230.8800 kate.hutchins@wilmerhale.com Donald R. Steinberg Mark Matuschak Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP 60 State Street Boston, MA 02109 617.526.5000 don.steinberg@wilmerhale.com mark.matuschak@wilmerhale.com Daniel V. Williams Jonathan Hardt Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP 1875 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20006 202.663.6012 daniel.williams@wilmerhale.com jonathan.hardt@wilmerhale.com Attorneys for Defendant STAPLES, INC. 10 /s/ Jennifer H. Doan, by Permission Jennifer H. Doan Joshua R. Thane Haltom & Doan 6500 Summerhill Road, Suite 100 Texarkana, TX 75503 903.255.1000 jdoan@haltomdoan.com jthane@haltomdoan.com Edward R. Reines Andrew Perito Aaron Y. Huang Weil Gotshal & Manges 201 Redwood Shores Parkway Redwood City, CA 94065 650.802.3000 edward.reines@weil.com andrew.perito@weil.com aaron.huang@weil.com sonal.mehta@weil.com Christian Hurt Weil Gotshal & Manges 700 Louisiana, Suite 1600 Houston, TX 77002 713.546.5000 christian.hurt@weil.corn Deborah J Race Otis W Carroll, Jr. Ireland Carroll & Kelley 6101 S Broadway Suite 500 Tyler, TX 75703 903.561.1600 drace@icklaw.com fedserv@icklaw.com Attorneys for Defendant YAHOO! INC. 11 /s/ Mike McKool, by Permission Mike McKool Lead Attorney Texas State Bar No. 13732100 mmckool@mckoolsmith.com Douglas Cawley Texas State Bar No. 04035500 dcawley@mckoolsmith.com Luke McLeroy Texas State Bar No. 24041455 lmcleroy@mckoolsmith.com MCKOOL SMITH, P.C. 300 Crescent Court, Suite 1500 Dallas, Texas 75201 Telephone: 214-978-4000 Telecopier: (214) 978-4044 Sam F. Baxter Texas State Bar No. 01938000 sbaxter@mckoolsmith.com MCKOOL SMITH, P.C. 104 e. Houston St., Ste. 300 P.O. Box O Marshall,. Texas 75670 Telephone: (903) 923-9000 Telecopier: (903) 923-9095 Kevin L. Burgess Texas State Bar No. 24006927 kburgess@mckoolsmith.com Steven J. Pollinger”Texas State Bar No. 24011919 spollinger@mckoolsmith.com MCKOOL SMITH, P.C. 300 West Sixth Street, Suite 1700 Austin, Texas 78701 Telephone: (512) 692-8700 Telecopier: (512) 692-8744 ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF EOLAS TECHNOLOGIES, INC. 12 CERTIFICATE OF CONFERENCE I certify that all parties have conferred on this Plaintiff’s and Several Defendants’ Joint Motion to Vacate the Schedule and For Case Management Conference at the August 31, 2011 Hearing. Frito-Lay Inc. opposes this motion and says “Frito-Lay is not joining this motion because it has filed a motion for a separate trial based, inter alia, on its statement that severance of the claims against Frito-Lay is appropriate and Eolas' and Frito-Lay's need to take discovery, serve expert reports, file amended pleadings and complete other pretrial tasks that occurred while the action was stayed between Eolas and Frito-Lay.” /s/ David. J. Healey David Healey CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I certify that all parties were served through their counsel via ECF on this 31st Day of August, 2011. /s/ David J. Healey David Healey 13

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