Eye on Oracle

Oct 1 2007   8:38AM GMT

Oracle, Apple and Qualcomm play musical lawyers

Derek Kuhr Derek Kuhr Profile: Derek Kuhr

Daniel Cooperman and Donald Rosenberg have seen a whole lot of high-profile corporate legal action.

Cooperman — the current general counsel for Oracle who earlier this year filed a lawsuit against SAP alleging that the German business applications giant stole proprietary information from Oracle — is replacing Rosenberg as general counsel for Apple effective November 1. Rosenberg, meanwhile, is taking the same position with Qualcomm.

Both attorneys have challeging work in front of them.

Cooperman will immediately have to help Apple’s Steve Jobs testify in a Securities and Exchange Commission case against former Apple general counsel Nancy Heinen. Heinen and former Apple CFO Fred Anderson are implicated as having coordinated Apple’s stock-options backdating issues. Rosenberg will have to deal with Qualcomm’s patent disputes with Broadcom and Nokia.

Just a little tidbit for those interested in the legal side of running big software companies.

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