NEW YORK, March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP obtained a jury verdict of over $70 million in damages for fraud and patent infringement for its client XpertUniverse Inc. in its closely watched lawsuit against tech giant Cisco Systems Inc.
XpertUniverse, Inc. is a leading developer of expert location, collaboration and business intelligence solutions, and a one-time collaborator with Cisco Systems in developing software intended to improve call center technology and interactive business solutions. Their relationship ended, however, after Cisco fraudulently concealed important information from XpertUniverse as part of a scheme to prevent XpertUniverse from partnering with Cisco's competitors while Cisco planned to launch its own products.
"The jury really saw the heart of the matter in this case – a Silicon Valley heavyweight appropriating technology from a smaller company and destroying it in the process," said Stroock Intellectual Property partner Charles Cantine, the lead attorney on the case. "The fact that they found not only patent infringement, but fraud, really speaks to what this case is about: protecting the intellectual property rights of innovators. Had the judge allowed the jury to decide punitive damages, we believe this judgment would have been many orders of magnitude greater."
"Leading technology companies are, at the end of the day, businesses that operate in a highly competitive environment," observed Cantine. "Here, Cisco crossed the line, committed fraud and destroyed a potential competitor in the process. We are pleased the jury saw that, in this case, Cisco's conduct was clearly deceptive."The Stroock team that handled the litigation included Partner Charles Cantine and Special Counsel Jason Sobel. Both are part of Stroock's high tech Intellectual Property Practice, which was awarded a jury verdict of $30MM on behalf of its client Tomita Technologies International, Inc. against 3D Technologies two weeks ago. XpertUniverse, Inc. is a developer of expert location, collaboration and business intelligence solutions, redefining customer interactions and communications through XpertSHARE — its interactive, web-based, real-time expertise locator, full-media collaboration, and web-enabled business intelligence solution.