Successful defense of copyright and trade secret claims against client accused of improperly accessing software in check processing equipment

Represented Symco Group, Inc., a company that serviced check processing equipment, in a copyright infringement and trade secret action in the Northern District of California. The plaintiff alleged that Symco, as part of its regular servicing process, was improperly accessing the plaintiff’s software and therefore violating its copyrights in the software source code that was embedded in the check processing equipment. Following the court’s dismissal of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) claims upon our motion, we negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of Symco. Burroughs Payment Systems, Inc. v. Symco Group, Inc.