Electronics, Computers & Software

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Ropes & Gray has extensive experience in legal matters that reflect the complexity and diversity of the dynamic, constantly evolving electronics, computer and software industries.

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Overview

With experience that encompasses integrated circuits, semiconductors, computer systems, telecommunications networks and equipment, electronic components, and related software, Ropes & Gray has played a major role in shaping the electronics and computer industries. We work with some of the world’s most innovative and successful entrepreneurs, corporations and investors, including Motorola, Qualcomm, LG Electronics and EMC Corporation.

Collaborating seamlessly across the globe, our attorneys – many of whom have technical degrees and professional experience in areas such as electrical engineering and computer science – regularly draw upon the substantial resources of the firm to provide a broad range of services to clients in the electronics and computer industries. These clients turn to us for help with many key business needs, including: 

  • Corporate and securities transactions 
  • Joint ventures and development agreements 
  • Strategic alliances 
  • Outsourcing 
  • Intellectual property portfolio counseling 
  • Intellectual property licensing 
  • Product liability claims 
  • Intellectual property litigation 
  • Competition law investigations

We also structure, negotiate and draft contracts for international transactions, and provide strategic advice on regulatory aspects and antitrust law.

We have worked closely with clients dealing with metals, polymers, ceramics, glasses, electronic materials, magnetic materials, biomaterials, composites and other materials. Our attorneys have specific experience in the development of batteries, thin films, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), semiconductor devices and catalysts.

Experience

Our representative transactions include representation of:

  • Berkshire Partners in its purchase of Skillsoft PLC for $1.1 billion
  • Kickfire in the sale of its assets to Teradata
  • TPG Growth in its acquisition (together with JMI Equity) of Powerplan Consultants
  • Zynga in acquisition of Newtoy

Other representative matters include: 

  • Representation of Motorola against Microsoft in a number of actions, including: (1) a breach of contract action relating to essential patent licenses for 802.11 and H.264 technology under RAND terms, (2) a patent infringement action relating to coding for digital video content; the case also includes counterclaims filed by Microsoft for infringement of patents relating to mobile browsers and touchscreen input for mobile devices, (3) a patent infringement action relating to multiplayer gaming, biometric sensors, virtual teleconferencing and graphical passwords; the case also includes counterclaims filed by Microsoft for infringement of patents relating to mobile browsers, flash memory management and event notification systems. 
  • Wi-LAN v. Research in Motion et al. – Representation of LG Electronics in a patent infringement action relating to mobile phones and other devices compliant with CDMA 2000 and WiFi standards. 
  • Representation of United Online and its well-known subsidiaries (FTD, FTD.com, Classmates.com and NetZero) in intellectual property matters, addressing both licensing and the management of intellectual property portfolio assets. 
  • Representation of a leading global consumer computer hardware and related software company with respect to ongoing patent prosecution, as well as providing counsel with regard to third-party matters. 
  • Worlds.com v. NCsoft – We defended NCSoft in a patent infringement action involving two patents relating to techniques for managing, communicating and displaying user information across multi-player networks.
  • Wi-LAN v. Research in Motion et al. – We represented LG Electronics in a patent infringement action relating to mobile phones and other devices compliant with CDMA 2000 and WiFi standards.
  • Advanced Data Access LLC v. Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited et al. (E.D. Tex.). We are representing Fujitsu Semiconductor America and Fujitsu Semiconductor Limited in a patent infringement action involving RAM technology.
  • Infinity Computer Products, Inc. v. Ricoh Americas – We represent Ricoh in a patent infringement action directed to an interface circuit for connecting a fax machine to a PC and using the fax machine as a scanner or printer.