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Suing Big Blue or the Story of the Lawyer Inventor Harry Greenspan

Suing Big Blue or the Story of the Lawyer Inventor

Harry Greenspan

Published August 5th 2009
ISBN : 9781608607099
Paperback
118 pages
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Arnold Berkeley was a Washington lawyer and an inventor. In 1972, he and some colleagues patented a computer data processor. In 1986, after two years of failed negotiations, he sued IBM, charging that the IBM PC infringed on his computer dataMoreArnold Berkeley was a Washington lawyer and an inventor. In 1972, he and some colleagues patented a computer data processor. In 1986, after two years of failed negotiations, he sued IBM, charging that the IBM PC infringed on his computer data processor patent. IBM hired three law firms- named 93 witnesses for Berkeley s lawyers to depose- and countersued Berkeley as a racketeer, causing him great legal expense. As the case was about to go to trial in February 1989, a senior IBM official met with Berkeley to reach a settlement. In 1996, Berkeley learned that the law firm he hired to sue IBM had also taken the Intel Corporation as a client. Intel was partly owned by IBM, and made a component that Berkeley believed was a major infringing part of the IBM PC. His lawyers had first supported and then argued against that position. Because Berkeleys savings had been drained paying for his lawsuit, he could not afford to switch lawyers and settled for less than he believed was due him. Berkeley sued his former lawyers for conflict of interest. A negotiated settlement was reached in 2001. Suing Big Blue is the story of a small company that dared to take on the giant IBM Corporation. A former government economist, author Harry Greenspan was a friend and an investor with Arnold Berkeley. He believes Berkeley s story should be told.