WI-LAN Inc. v. Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc. et al

Filing 328

NOTICE by Ericsson Inc., Sony Mobile Communications (USA) Inc., Sony Mobile Communications AB, Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, WI-LAN Inc. re 314 Order Setting Hearing on Motion,,,,,, Joint Notice of Withdraw of Ericsson/Sony Mobile Motion to Compel [ECF 255] and Withdrawal of Wi-LAN's Opposition to Ericsson/Sony Mobile Motion for Leave to Supplement Summary-Judgment Briefing [ECF 283] (Wynne, Richard)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS TYLER DIVISION WI-LAN INC., Plaintiff, v. ALCATEL-LUCENT USA INC.; et al. Defendants. § § § § § § § § § § Civil Action No. 6:10-cv-521-LED JURY TRIAL DEMANDED JOINT NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL OF DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO COMPEL [DKT. 255] AND WITHDRAWAL OF PLAINTIFF’S OPPOSITION TO ERICSSON AND SONY MOBILE’S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO SUPPLEMENT SUMMARY JUDGMENT BRIEFING [DKT. 283] For the reasons set forth below, Paintiff Wi-LAN Inc. (“Wi-LAN”), Defendants Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Ericsson Inc. ( “Ericsson”), and Defendants Sony Mobile Communications AB and Sony Mobile Communications (USA) (“Sony Mobile”) (collectively “Defendants”) respectfully notify the Court that they have reached an agreement under the terms of which the Ericsson and Sony Mobile Defendants’ Motion to Compel (Dkt. 255) as well as the Ericsson and Sony Mobile Defendants’ Motion for Leave to Supplement Summary Judgment Briefing (Dkt. 275) can be removed from the Court’s February 26, 2013, hearing calendar. Under this agreement, Wi-LAN will produce a witness for the deposition topics that form the subject of the Motion to Compel. Ericsson and Sony Mobile will withdraw their Motion to Compel, and Wi-LAN will withdraw its opposition to the Motion for Leave to Supplement. –1– BACKGROUND & ARGUMENT In addition to Plaintiff’s claims for patent infringement, Ericsson and Sony Mobile have asserted contract counterclaims against Wi-LAN concerning agreements between the parties known as the Patent and Conflict Resolution Agreements (“PCR Agreements”). As regards the counterclaims, two main issues are in dispute: (1) The parties dispute the applicability and scope of the covenant not to sue provision of the PCR Agreements. (2) Should the covenant not to sue provision not apply to Wi-LAN’s claims in this case, the parties dispute the applicability and scope of the “most-favored license” provision of the PCR Agreements. With regard to the first issue, the parties’ cross motions for summary judgment are now fully briefed. (Dkt Nos. 171, 172, 180, 181, 187, 190, 193, 195, 197, 198.) With regard to the second issue, Defendants filed a motion to compel a deposition of WiLAN on four specific topics of its July 2012 30(b)(6) Deposition Notice to Wi-LAN related to the “most-favored licensee” provision of the PCR Agreements: Nos. 13, 14, 15, and 16. 1 WiLAN opposed Defendants’ Motion on a number of grounds. (Dkt. 278.) Since that time, the parties have reached agreement concerning those four topics. Wi-LAN will present a witness (Andrew Parolin) in New York, as a 30(b)(6) witness on those four topics, for deposition on March 7, 2013. Accordingly, Ericsson and Sony Mobile respectfully withdraw their Motion to Compel, without prejudice. In addition, Ericsson and Sony Mobile have filed a Motion for Leave to Supplement their Summary Judgment Briefing regarding the PCRA. (Dkt. 275.) Their proposed motion, which 1 Topics 13 and 15 are identical, as are Topics 14 and 16, except as to the party at issue (Ericsson or Sony Mobile). (See Dkt. 255, Ex. C.) –2– was attached to the Motion for Leave, concerns the “most-favored licensee” provision of the PCR Agreements. Wi-LAN opposed Defendants’ motion for leave on various grounds. (Dkt. 283.) Following further discussions between the parties, Wi-LAN, Ericsson, and Sony Mobile agree that briefing regarding the legal issues concerning the scope of the “most-favored licensee” provision may be helpful to the Court. Accordingly, Wi-LAN respectfully withdraws its opposition to Ericsson and Sony Mobile’s Motion for Leave, and the parties propose the following briefing schedule: Ericsson and Sony Mobile’s motion be deemed served on February 26, 2013; Wi-LAN’s response due March 6, 2013, at noon CST; Wi-LAN’s witness (Andrew Parolin) on Topics 13-16 of Ericsson and Sony Mobile’s Rule 30(b)(6) Notice be deposed on March 7, 2013; Ericsson and Sony Mobile’s Reply due March 14, 2013; and Wi-LAN’s SurReply due March 19, 2013. –3– Respectfully submitted, Respectfully submitted, /s/ David B. Weaver (w/permission) David B. Weaver (TX Bar 00798576) Lead Attorney Avelyn M. Ross (TX Bar 24027817) Ajeet P. Pai (TX Bar 24060376) Syed K. Fareed (TX Bar 24065216) Jeffrey T. Han (TX Bar 24069870) Seth A. Lindner (TX Bar 24078862) VINSON & ELKINS LLP 2801 Via Fortuna, Suite 100 Austin, TX 78746 Tel: (512) 542-8400 Fax: (512) 236-3476 dweaver@velaw.com aross@velaw.com apai@velaw.com sfareed@velaw.com jhan@velaw.com slindner@velaw.com /s/ Richard L. Wynne, Jr. Bruce S. Sostek (TX Bar 18855700) Lead Attorney bruce.sostek@tklaw.com Richard L. Wynne, Jr. (TX Bar 24003214) richard.wynne@tklaw.com Adrienne E. Dominguez (TX Bar 00793630) adrienne.dominguez@tklaw.com J. Michael Heinlen (TX Bar 24032287) michael.heinlen@tklaw.com Timothy E. Hudson (TX Bar 24046120) tim.hudson@tklaw.com Justin S. Cohen (TX Bar 24078356) justin.cohen@tklaw.com Steve R. Borgman (TX Bar 02670300) Gwendolyn Johnson Samora (TX Bar 00784899) VINSON & ELKINS LLP 1001 Fannin Street, Suite 2500 Houston, TX 77002-6760 Tel: (713) 758-2222 Fax: (713) 758-2346 sborgman@velaw.com gsamora@velaw.com Local Counsel Johnny Ward (TX Bar 00794818) Wesley Hill (TX Bar 24032294) WARD & SMITH LAW FIRM 111 W. Tyler Street Longview, TX 75601 Tel: (903) 757-6400 Fax: (903) 757-2323 jw@jwfirm.com wh@jwfirm.com THOMPSON & KNIGHT LLP 1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500 Dallas, Texas 75201 Tel: (214) 969-1700 Fax: (214) 969-1751 Local Counsel William J. Cornelius (TX Bar 04834700) wc@wilsonlawfirm.com Jennifer Ainsworth (TX Bar 00784720) jainsworth@wilsonlawfirm.com WILSON ROBERTSON & CORNELIUS PC 909 ESE Loop 323, Suite 400 P.O. Box 7339 Tyler, TX 75711-7339 Tel: (903) 509-5000 Fax: (903) 509-5092 ATTORNEYS FOR DEFENDANTS TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON, ERICSSON INC., SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS AB, AND SONY MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS (USA) INC. Attorneys for Plaintiff Wi-LAN Inc. –4– CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE The undersigned certifies that on February 25, 2013, counsel of record who are deemed to have consented to electronic service are being served with a copy of this document by electronic mail. /s/ Richard L. Wynne, Jr. Richard L. Wynne, Jr. –5–

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