After a five-week jury trial, Fenwick & West helped its client Compuware Corporation secure a $400 million settlement against IBM. Compuware filed various complex intellectual property and antitrust litigation claims against IBM in 2002 for allegedly developing software tools that were copied from Compuware's products. The ensuing litigation took place in courts in Michigan and New York and involved claims and counterclaims of copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, infringement of over a dozen patents, violation of antitrust laws and related state law claims.
Under the terms of the deal, IBM agrees to spend $400 million over the next four years on Compuware software and services. IBM will spend $260 million on Compuware services and pay an additional $140 million to license Compuware software.
Established in 1972, Fenwick & West LLP provides comprehensive legal services to national and international high technology and life sciences clients. The firm was recently named by Managing Intellectual Property as one of the top West Coast firms for Intellectual Property Litigation.