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Covington Secures Damages Verdict for Ariba in Texas


SAN FRANCISCO, CA, November 3, 2008 — Covington & Burling LLP has secured a damages verdict for Ariba Inc. after a jury found that Emptoris Inc. infringed Ariba’s patents on electronic auction technology. The jury’s verdict followed a seven day trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

The jury found that one of the patents was willfully infringed and that both patents were valid. Ariba was awarded $4.9 million for lost profits and reasonable royalty.

Covington’s patent litigation team was led by partners Robert Haslam and Robert Fram, and of counsel Amy Van Zant. The trial team also included associates Matthew Hawkinson, Nathan Shafroth, and Jennifer Chen. Mr. Haslam and Ms. Van Zant and Ms. Chen are based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Messrs. Fram, Hawkinson, and Shafroth are resident of Covington’s San Francisco office.

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