The benefits of Weil's 'one-firm' approach are in full play when it comes to our representation of companies in the software and information technology services industry. Through our broad experience and global presence, we provide integrated advice and consistent high quality service to all types of software and IT service businesses, including software as a service and cloud computing, in fields as diverse as integrated data protection systems, front-to-back office securities trading, recruiting, call center technology, and fraud prevention and authentication. Chambers USA 2009 praised Weil's practice diversity, singling out our successful track record in advising clients "from almost any sector and in almost any part of the world, from manufacturers in Japan to news agencies in London."
Our corporate team regularly engages in a wide variety of highly-sophisticated transactions, ranging from technology and intellectual property mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, technology and intellectual property development and licensing, strategic alliances, co-marketing arrangements, outsourcing, professional services agreements, and e-commerce agreements to intellectual property audits and due diligence. We have also assisted clients with the outsourcing of fund administration, a relatively new practice area. Our clients have included CA Technologies, Genstar Capital, Verizon, Advent International, Asseco Poland SA , Sparta Systems, and Comverse Technology.
Weil's Litigation Department is widely regarded for the breadth of its experience, notably for its successes in litigating cases involving intellectual property and patents. We combine a deep understanding of our clients' technology and industry with an assessment of the technology's future development, the prior art landscape, the value of the technology, the availability of alternatives, and the ability to detect infringement to provide a comprehensive strategy for the protection of all types of intellectual property, including trade secrets, copyrights, and licensing or other agreements, and patents. Weil has long been the go-to firm for litigating and successfully trying intellectual property and patent lawsuits, with a long track record of success in high-stakes matters and top recognition of the quality of advocacy, judgment, commitment, and experience. All of this requires not only an easy familiarity with the specific technology and relevant law, but also an understanding of our client's business model and the competitive landscape.
Our successes in litigating software and information technology cases have included: securing an appellate victory for Hitachi in a patent dispute involving hard disk drive technology; winning summary judgment for NetApp in a an infringement claim involving data storage technology; winning a jury trial for Microsoft in a litigation that threatened Microsoft with an injunction against its Windows XP® operating system – and over $750 million in damages; defeating a $500 million claim for patent infringement against Oracle Corporation; and winning a complete defense jury verdict of non-infringement and invalidity for Cisco Systems.
Our industry-leading restructuring practice has deep experience in licensing intellectual property to or from entities in financial distress and are authorities on bridging legal issues between intellectual property law and restructuring.