K&L Gates Deserves Sanctions For Paying Witness, USEI Says

Law360, Los Angeles (June 5, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT) -- K&L Gates LLP would set a dangerous precedent if a California federal judge doesn't sanction it for secretly compensating a key witness $122,000 to “switch sides” in patent litigation against client Hewlett-Packard Co., U.S. Ethernet Innovations LLC said Tuesday.

USEI, the successor to 3Com Corp.'s Ethernet operations, claims K&L Gates paid Richard Baker, 3Com’s former director of intellectual property licensing, an exorbitant sum for testimony supporting allegations that HP infringed patents whose enforcement he used to manage.

Under the consulting agreement, which also allegedly prohibits Baker from speaking...
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