King & Spalding Successfully Defends Google In High-Profile Mobile Device Case



King & Spalding, with co-counsel Keker & Van Nest and Greenberg Traurig, earned a significant trial victory on behalf of Google Inc. in its landmark intellectual property dispute with Oracle Corp. In addition, U.S. District Judge William Alsup dismissed Oracle’s copyright claim dealing with Java application programming interfaces (APIs), ruling that the Java API elements used by Google in its Android mobile device software were not protectable by copyright. The decision follows a unanimous May 23 jury verdict finding that Google’s Android mobile device software did not infringe two patents held by Oracle.

The King & Spalding lawyers on the team advising Google were led by intellectual property partners Scott Weingaertner (New York) and Bruce Baber (Atlanta). They were assisted by associates Brian Banner (Austin), Chris Carnaval (New York), Truman Fenton (Austin), Mark Francis (New York), Anup Shah (Charlotte) and Steve Snyder (Charlotte), and by counsel Bob Neufeld (Atlanta) and Charlie Lee (New York), who worked on the reexamination of the Oracle patents in the Patent Office.

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King & Spalding is one of the most highly regarded law firms in the United States according to the latest edition of Chambers USA. One hundred of the firm’s lawyers were recognized in the 2012 guide to the leading law firms in the U.S., earning 116 individual ranking. Thirty-eight of those came at the national level.

Thirty-six King & Spalding practices were recognized among the best in the United States, including national rankings for antitrust, appellate, capital markets, energy (electricity), energy (oil and gas), environment, food and beverages, government (government relations), healthcare, intellectual property, international arbitration, international trade, products liability, projects (oil and gas) and tax practices. The firm earned an additional 21 state rankings for various practices based out of its offices in Georgia, New York, Texas and Washington, D.C.: Antitrust (National, D.C., Georgia); Appellate (National); Banking & Finance (Georgia); Bankruptcy/Restructuring (Georgia, Texas); Capital Markets: REITs (National); Construction (Texas); Corporate/M&A (National, Georgia, Texas); Energy: Electricity (National); Energy: Oil & Gas (National); Environment (National, Georgia, Texas); Food & Beverages (National); Government: Government Relations (National); Healthcare (National, D.C., Georgia, Texas); Healthcare: Pharmaceutical/Medical Products Regulatory (D.C.); Intellectual Property (Georgia); Intellectual Property: Patent (New York); International Arbitration (National); International Trade (National); Labor & Employment (Georgia); Litigation: General Commercial (Georgia, Texas); Products Liability & Mass Torts (National); Projects: Oil & Gas (National); Real Estate (Georgia); Tax (Georgia); Tax: Corporate & Finance (National).

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Suzanne Rab, a partner with King & Spalding, has authored a new book that covers the first-ever critical analysis of Indian competition law in an international comparative context. The book, Indian Competition Law: An International Perspective, was published this week by CCH India, a Wolters Kluwer company.   

Ms. Rab’s book brings out the comparison of the new Indian competition regime with key global antitrust jurisdictions, traces its development and outlines the intent.  The book is a practical tool for practitioners in antitrust/competition law, in-house counsel, academics and businesses alike. It will even prove helpful to a layman seeking to understand the complex web of competition law. The international dimension covered in the book through notes and comparisons with EU, UK and U.S. legislation on which the new Indian competition laws are based provides a greater understanding of the local and international antitrust regime.

Ms. Rab, a UK-qualified lawyer, is a partner in the antitrust/competition practice of King & Spalding’s London office. She advises clients across all areas of European and UK competition law. She has particular experience advising on transactions, investigations and behavioral matters, including in proceedings before the UK competition and regulatory authorities and the European Commission. She has worked on some of the most high-profile market and cartel investigations in Europe and the UK.