When one corporation requests services from another corporation, money usually changes hands. Tell Barnes & Noble that you will gladly fulfill their request for services and that you estimate their project will take a minimum of 30 hours at $250 per hour (plus tax), payable in advance.
"Ultimately, given that a § 292 sounds in fraud and there were no particularized facts alleged in the complaint the Federal Circuit had little difficulty in finding that the district court erroneously failed to dismiss the complaint and issued the writ of mandamus."
"Unfortunately, I just don't see the Justice Department gearing up for this, but that's really unfortunate."
If I were Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, I would be seriously considering a graceful and face-saving exit strategy from the Barnes & Noble patent lawsuit.
Barnes & Noble law firm, Cravath Swaine & Moore, are no lightweights: they are IBM's "go to" white-shoes law firm that has successfully defended IBM (since the 1950s) against major federal anti-trust claims and major intellectual property challenges in IBM's bread & butter mainframe space (i.e., do a google search on "Neon zprime lawsuit" for their latest conquest:
At this level, its all about "relationships": How many law firms can schedule a private meeting with high-level officials/lawyers in the Justice department in D.C. to deliver a detailed 29-page power point presentation describing Microsoft's patent abuses? (I wonder what they ate during the catered lunch.)