Internet, Software & Technology

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Matthew E. Yarbrough
Office Managing Partner
TELEPHONE NUMBER
214-273-4050
EMAIL ADDRESS
myarbrough@mrllp.com

Overview

Our attorneys represent an impressive roster of clients within the rapidly evolving internet, software & technology sectors. We assist internet-based businesses, startups, global software developers and new media companies with financing, mergers and acquisitions, and branding and rebranding campaigns, along with software development, distribution and the negotiation and drafting of a span of agreements (including marketing, licensing and confidentiality contracts). M&R also provides top-tier corporate and transactional advice and counsel to digital film studios, social gaming companies, mobile marketing and online securities firms and e-commerce businesses, among others.

Leveraging the far-reaching experience of our intellectual property, advertising & digital media and litigation attorneys, we’ve successfully handled a slew of internet, software & technology-related lawsuits, including those involving trade secret misappropriation and trademark infringement. M&R is also frequently retained to represent software companies in high exposure cases involving breach of fiduciary duty and fraud, as well as a host of employment-related issues.

Areas of Expertise

Commercial Litigation
Corporate Technology Transactions
Employment Law (including advice, counsel & litigation)
Licensing, Marketing, Software Development & Other Industry-Specific Agreements
Trademark & Copyright Infringement
Video Games & Interactive Entertainment (including employment, transactional & litigation support)

Representative Matters

Represented a major computer memory retailer in an action alleging breach of contract arising from the sale of allegedly defective hardware products installed in a global Internet search engine company’s technical infrastructure. Successfully resolved the action in mediation for a fraction of the claimed damages initially sought by plaintiff.

Obtained a multi-million-dollar verdict on behalf of a young entrepreneur whose life’s work was stolen by a large corporation, which remains one of the largest awards in the U.S. for the misappropriation of computer trade secrets.

A popular game manufacturer retained an M&R attorney to prosecute a copyright infringement action against a counterfeiting ring comprised of local and China-based corporate and individual defendants who sold knock-off products in the U.S. and abroad. After extensive discovery efforts, the attorney achieved a stipulated judgment against defendants that required payment to the client of the maximum statutory damages allowable under the law for willful copyright infringement, as well as a permanent injunction against the future sale of counterfeit products.

Represented SSD Software Solutions in its multi-million-dollar lawsuit against a large corporation based in Houston, Texas, which case alleged causes of action for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud arising out of a software development agreement and later partnership.

Represented a world-renowned science and education museum as plaintiff in a dual trademark infringement action and domain name dispute against a competing science museum. Prevailed in the Uniform Domain- Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceeding resulting in the forced transfer of defendant’s domain name to our client. Thereafter resolved the federal infringement action with defendant’s complete relinquishment of all offending use of client’s trademarks.

Successfully represented a major social gaming company in litigation against a large competitor alleging trade secret misappropriation and employee raiding. Former employees left their jobs with our client, taking with them designs for a yet-to-be-released game and threatening to be the first to bring it to market. Obtained a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction barring the defendants’ ability to do so.

Represented the designer and manufacturer of a unique medical device in a trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement case brought before the International Trade Commission. Obtained a favorable result on behalf of our client as against its disgruntled former CEO, who was forced to cease the manufacture and sale of competing devices.

Represented the owner of proprietary technology comprised of hardware, software and data-management solutions for prison systems, from its inception through its initial and follow-up rounds of financing.

Negotiated and drafted e-commerce affiliate marketing and content licensing agreements for major online securities firm.

Negotiated and drafted the intellectual property clauses of a $35 million merger agreement by which VeriFone Systems, Inc. acquired the retail commerce solutions of Global Bay Mobile Technologies, Inc.

Negotiated and drafted a financial market data retrieval and stock weighing software development agreement between Scout Capital Management LLC (a hedge fund) and Susquehanna International Group LLC (a software developer).

Negotiated and drafted a real estate valuation, data entry and delivery system software development agreement between a large Midwest appraisal company and a global software developer.

Negotiated and drafted an investment fund’s financial market data retrieval and stock weighing software development agreement.

Represented an emerging software company in negotiations with a global media and entertainment corporation in connection with a valuable business services agreement. Throughout the negotiations, protected client’s software development and intellectual property rights resulting in a mutually beneficial transaction.

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