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Bruce J. Wecker
Mr. Wecker is Of Counsel to the firm. He has represented a variety of companies in patent and trade secret litigation against an array of companies in the computer hardware and software businesses. In patent cases, he has represented both the patentee and accused infringer. Cases include Burst v. Microsoft, alleging theft of trade secrets and breach of a non-disclosure agreement, as well as patent infringement and antitrust violations relating to streaming media; Privasys, Inc. v. MasterCard International Inc., alleging patent, trade secret and contract claims for a start-up technology firm developing a electronic payment card with a programmable magnetic stripe; Fullview v. Microsoft, alleging infringement of 360º camera patents; Apple, Inc. v. Burst.com, alleging patent infringement based on features of the iPod and iTunes products; BackWeb Technologies v. Microsoft, alleging patent infringement for feature including in the Windows operating system; BackWeb Technologies v. Symantec, Sybase, alleging patent infringement for products to automatically update software for enterprise customers; Implicit Networks v. Microsoft, HTC, Oracle, Sun, IBM, and others, alleging patent infringement of application server, data processing and graphical user interface patents. Cloakworks v. Cloakware, alleging infringement of security software to protect computer code from unauthorized copying.
Mr. Wecker has also participated in high stakes antitrust litigation including seminal cases over several decades. In the seventies, he represented Kellogg Company in defending Federal Trade Commission charges of a “Shared Monopoly.” In the eighties, he represented the forerunner of Sprint, in antitrust actions against AT&T that paralleled the government action leading to the divestiture of the Bell System. In the nineties, he represented Billy Sullivan in his suit against the National Football League, to establish that its restriction on public ownership of teams violated the antitrust laws.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Wecker was a partner at Hosie Rice LLP, The Furth Firm and Furth, Fahrner & Mason where he worked on antitrust, intellectual property and a variety of class action cases.
University of California at Berkeley, B.A. in Economics, 1974
University of Michigan, J.D., 1977
Speaker, Center for International Legal Studies Conference on Internet Distribution and Computer Law, “Representing Independent Software Vendors,” 2005