MANHATTAN (CN) - LinkCo demands $850 million from Fujitsu, claiming Fujitsu stole its intellectual property and committed fraud on the court by declaring, in losing a judgment for $3.5 million in 2002, that it used the technology only in one, unsuccessful product. LinkCo says it discovered the fraud when an executive "literally fell asleep at the keyboard and inadvertently highlighted English language translations of data on the Fujitsu Web site."
LinkCo principal David Israel-Rosen, who "serendipitously" fell asleep at the keyboard, says, "the key incriminating text was displayed on the site as white text on a white background, if it was e-translated from Japanese into English. When highlighted, however, the missing text became visible, reflecting the true nature and extent of Fujitsu's product development and promotions. Fujitsu employed these devices on the Internet to impede discovery by non-Japanese language readers."
LinkCo says Fujitsu perpetrated fraud on the court in the 2002 trial, presided over by U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin. It demands $550 million in damages for profits in Japan and $300 million for profits elsewhere.
LinkCo says Fujitsu sells the misappropriated technology as DisclosureVision. LinkCo also sues Fujitsu's former CEO Naoyuki Akikusa, who still is on its board of directors.
LinkCo is represented by Peter Shapiro with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith.
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