Pharmaceutical software company Veeva pushes back against Medidata trade secrets lawsuit

The Federal Court at 500 Pearl Street is seen in Manhattan, U.S., June 20, 2020. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs

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  • Medidata accused Veeva of stealing secrets to create competing software
  • Had sought up to $450 million in damages

(Reuters) – Veeva Systems Inc persuaded a judge on Friday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by pharmaceutical software competitor Medidata Solutions Inc, alleging it stole hundreds of millions of dollars worth of trade secrets, reports said. said representatives of the companies.

Medidata sued Veeva in Manhattan federal court in 2017 for allegedly obtaining secrets about its products, customers and business strategy by poaching several of its employees. The lawsuit said Pleasanton, Calif.-based Veeva used the information to develop competing software for managing clinical drug trials.

Medidata had sought up to $450 million in damages in a lawsuit that began Monday, according to Veeva Keker’s law firm, Van Nest & Peters. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff granted Veeva’s request to end the trial before the case could reach a jury.

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A Medidata spokesperson said the company was “disappointed not to have a jury to decide the case” and was considering an appeal.

Veeva’s lead attorney, Khari Tillery, said in a statement that the company is “grateful to the Court for recognizing that no one at Veeva stole anything and that no Medidata trade secrets were ever disclosed.” used to build Veeva’s incredibly successful cloud software”.

Further details of the decision were not immediately available.

New York-based Medidata is a subsidiary of French software company Dassault Systèmes SE.

Veeva separately sued Medidata and others in California state court for imposing allegedly unfair restraints on their employees. This case is still ongoing.

The case is Medidata Solutions Inc v. Veeva Systems Inc, US District Court for the Southern District of New York, No. 1:17-cv-00589.

For Medidata: Claudia Ray and Jason Wilcox of Kirkland & Ellis

For Veeva: Khari Tillery of Keker, Van Nest & Peters

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Blake Brittain

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Blake Brittain reports on intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Contact him at [email protected]

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