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the company in its first patent infringement suit. In 2010, then-general counsel
Ted Ullyot promoted O’Rourke to head
a newly developed IP group. O’Rourke
managed Facebook’s growing patent
portfolio during his tenure and he helped
the company’s engineers become more
comfortable with the patent application process. In 2006, before O’Rourke
arrived, Facebook filed three patent applications. In recent years, the total number
has bloomed to thousands.
O’Rourke began his legal career in
1999 as an associate at Orrick, Her-rington & Sutcliffe, where he met colleagues Heidi Keefe and Mark Weinstein.
The three moved together to White &
Case in 2005, but O’Rourke left the duo
behind when he joined Facebook three
years later. Keefe and Weinstein joined
Cooley the year after.
According to Rhodes, having Keefe
and Weinstein jump to Cooley was actually a move orchestrated by O’Rourke.
O’Rourke, Rhodes says, thought it made
sense to put his two former colleagues—
who were already doing a lot of Facebook’s IP work—together with Rhodes
because of Rhodes’ trial experience and
class action and commercial defense work.
The newly-built team worked together
for the first time in defending Facebook
in federal court in Delaware against a patent infringement claim lobbed by Leader
Technologies. In 2010, an eight-person
jury found Leader Technologies’ patent
MICROSOFT NAMES DEPUTY GC
Microsoft Corp. named JULIE BRILL, former commissioner of the U.S. Federal
Trade Commission, as deputy general
counsel for privacy and regulatory affairs.
In her new role, Brill will lead the
company’s efforts to shape government
policy on privacy, cybersecurity and telecommunications. She will report directly
to Microsoft president and chief legal
officer Brad Smith.
Brill became FTC commissioner in
2010 and joins Microsoft after roughly
a year with Hogan Lovells, where she
was co-director of the firm’s privacy and
At the FTC, Brill championed data
privacy education and transparency, targeting companies for alleged failings in
privacy. In 2011, for
instance, the FTC
accepted a settlement
with Twitter Inc. of
charges that it had,
through a failing of
proper data security
access to nonpublic user
information and private tweets. Sometimes the FTC’s proactive stance drew
pushback from accused companies, such
as in 2014, when medical testing company LabMD Inc. countersued the FTC
for previous allegations that the company
did not have proper data security measures installed. —D.R.