O'Melveny DQ'd By Conflict of Interest In Synopsys IP Row

Law360, San Francisco (March 7, 2014, 4:27 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Friday barred O'Melveny & Myers LLP from defending ATopTech Inc. against Synopsys Inc.'s patent-infringement suit over electronic design automation, saying O'Melveny’s discussions about one of the asserted patents with a corporate client that Synopsys later bought created a conflict.

U.S. District Court Judge Maxine Chesney said from the bench that because O'Melveny conceded that they discussed Synopsys' U.S. Patent Number 6,237,127 while representing Magma Design Automation Inc. in an earlier case, the law bars them from representing ATopTech, which Synopsys accuses of infringing...
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