IV and its lawyers at Desmarais LLP and Black & Washko were ordered to produce the list by San Francisco federal district court judge Susan Illston, who’s presiding over a declaratory judgment suit against IV that chip maker Xilinx Inc. filed in February. The company’s May 16 filing shows that a host of Internet and technology giants, including Apple Inc., Microsoft, Google Inc., and Yahoo! Inc., have bought a stake in Myhrvold’s project. A number of universities also appear on the list, including Brown University, Northwestern University, and Stanford University. Other investors include the Rockefeller Foundation, TIFF Private Equity, Charles River Ventures, and Xilinx itself.
It’s no surprise that some of the nuts and bolts of IV’s business are being revealed in the wake of the the company’s much-anticipated debut as patent infringement plaintiff in December 2010. In Xilinx’s suit, IV was compelled to file the list of investors under court rules requiring disclosure of interested parties in the litigation. The company’s lawyers pushed to make the disclosures under seal, arguing in an April motion that the list “contains highly confidential business information” and that IV and its funds are “contractually obligated to maintain the confidentially of their investors.” But Judge Illston last week denied the motion.
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