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Quick facts:

Established: 1991
Number of Partners: 35
Number of IP Practitioners: 90
Languages: Chinese, Filipino, French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Lithuanian, Russian, Spanish, Tamil
Network Memberships: Licensing Executive Society, Federal Circuit Bar Association

McKool Smith’s courtroom track record in IP cases is unrivaled. Since 2006, the firm has secured 12 nine-figure patent infringement verdicts—more than any other law firm in the country—and 15 eight-figure patent infringement verdicts.

The firm represent clients in all aspects of IP litigation, including patent litigation; ITC/Section 337 disputes and investigations; copyright, trademark, and false advertising litigation; and trade secret disputes. Many of its IP lawyers hold technical degrees and have previously worked as engineers and scientists, which offers clients an enhanced perspective in complex technological matters. These capabilities also enable the team to effectively persuade judges and juries who decide issues that can preserve—or eliminate—a client’s competitive edge.

Additionally, the firm represents clients in appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Seven of the firm’s lawyers are former Federal Circuit clerks, and our ranks include former regional circuit and district court clerks from across the country as well as the former Acting General Counsel of the USPTO.

Recent successes include:

Obtaining a $506 million jury verdict for plaintiff PanOptis in the Eastern District of Texas against Apple in a case alleging that it infringed patents covering 4G LTE technology. 

Winning a defense verdict for Ericsson in the first breach of FRAND case to be tried to a jury related to cellular patents. The jury found that Ericsson’s royalty rates, which were $2.50 per phone or 1% with a cap and floor, were fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (“FRAND”). 

Securing an $85 million jury verdict in the Southern District of California on behalf of WiLAN, Inc. against Apple in a patent infringement suit concerning infringement of two WiLAN patents that cover voiceover LTE (“VoLTE”) wireless communication technology used in Apple iPhones.

Representing Nokia in several patent infringement actions against Apple concerning alleged infringement of Nokia patents directed to video coding and other technologies used in numerous popular Apple products. The companies reached a confidential settlement to end the global dispute, which spanned across courts in the U.S., Germany, Finland, the UK, Italy, Sweden, Spain, the Netherlands, France, China and Japan. As part of the agreement, Apple agreed to pay Nokia a one-time case settlement of approximately $2 billion with additional revenues, including a multiyear patent license.

Defending Halliburton against Legacy Separators in a patent infringement and trade secret case related to down-hole separators used to remove gas from production fluids in subterranean wells. At trial in the Southern District of Texas, the firm won a “take-nothing” defense verdict.


Last updated 21st December 2020

Practice Areas: Copyright & related rights, ITC litigation, Life sciences IP, Patent, PTAB litigation, Trade mark

Key Sector Expertise: Aerospace, Biotechnology, Computer technology & services, Universities & research, Telecommunication, Technology hardware, Semiconductors, Renewable energy, Optics & photonics, Pharmaceutical, Oil & gas, Medical device, Manufacturing, Life sciences, ICT & software, Electrical, Electronics