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Covington’s breadth of practices and history of working with software clients on a global basis provides us with a deep understanding of the business and legal issues confronting companies in the software sector. We are able to integrate the various legislative and regulatory, transactional, intellectual property and litigation resources within the firm in order to serve as trusted advisors to our software clients.
Representation of major Japanese electronics and software company in defense of patent infringement claims at the ITC involving combination of software and hardware for graphical interfaces and systems for three dimensional pointing.
Representation of Fairfield Language Learning, the developer of Rosetta Stone software, in a leveraged buyout transaction by ABS Capital and Norwest Equity Partners.
Microsoft in the FTC’s groundbreaking investigation and agreement related to Microsoft’s Passport Internet authentication service, which was the FTC’s first consent agreement under Section 5 of the FTC Act to impose information security commitments related to the protection of personal information.
Representation of Hewlett-Packard in a trade secret case involving electronic design automation (EDA) technology.
Representation of Check Point Software Technologies in its acquisition of NFR Security and proposed acquisition of Sourcefire.
Representation of a major software company in the successful mediation of multi-million dollar software errors and omissions insurance claims.
Secured a significant victory for Expedia (and consumers) in its $1.3 billion acquisition of Orbitz. The DOJ closed its “second request” investigation without taking any enforcement action.
Representation of Microsoft Corp. in its $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype Communications S.à.r.l., the largest acquisition in the company’s history, in connection with its $4.5 billion acquisition of certain Nortel patents, in its $7.2 billion acquisition of the handset division of Nokia, and its $2.5 billion acquisition of Mojang, the developer of Minecraft.