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So-called patent experts who want to comment on the $612.5 million BlackBerry patent litigation settlement are too many to count. But those who may actually have something edifying to say about the deal are not talking � or would love to, but can’t. Martin Glick falls into the latter category. The head of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin’s litigation department negotiated the deal for Research in Motion Limited alongside the company’s prominent Canadian counsel Barry Sookman, a partner at Toronto-based McCarthy T�trault. Glick and fellow partner Ronald Star spent three days in New York holed up in a room somewhere at Citibank’s corporate headquarters in Manhattan, ironing out an acceptable settlement deal with NTP’s attorney James Wallace, Jr., a partner at Wiley Rein & Fielding, and one of the company’s owners, Don Stout. Glick refused to comment on how the parties came up with the $612.5 million figure and didn’t want to say anything relating to the deal. He did say there were no raised voices during what appears to be an intense negotiation that began March 1 at 10:30 a.m. and ended March 3 at 4:45 p.m. He does spill one detail. At one point during the negotiation, he says, both parties had to go to separate rooms to confer with each other, and they were assigned to different floors. Since it was late at night and the building security does not allow people to travel from one floor to the other without a special security code, the parties had to communicate via their BlackBerries to signal to each other that they were ready to meet again. “We all thought it was amusing,” says Glick. A version of this story originally appeared in The Recorder, a sibling publication of Corporate Counsel.

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