Paul Hastings Prevails in a High-Profile Patent Litigation Win in Delaware
New York, NY – Paul Hastings, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm successfully represented Trend Micro, Inc., a security software company, in a high-stakes patent litigation case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.
On April 22, 2015, Chief Judge Leonard P. Stark held two Intellectual Ventures (“IV”) patents invalid for claiming patent-ineligible subject matter. Since December 2010, IV had asserted these two patents, along with several others, in litigation against several leading software security companies including Trend Micro, Inc., Symantec Corporation, McAfee, Inc., and Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd. IV was seeking approximately $150 million in damages from Trend Micro.
Trend Micro filed a motion regarding patent-ineligibility in November 2014, seeking a judgment of invalidity. At that time, Chief Judge Stark decided to defer hearing the issue until after Symantec was tried in early 2015. After IV won a $17 million dollar verdict against Symantec in February, Judge Stark decided that he would hear Trend Micro’s motion.
In a hearing held on April 10, 2015,
“It’s gratifying to have after five years, helped our client avoid a costly trial and prevail in this high-stakes case worth hundreds of millions of dollars. This decision is not only notable for our client, but also significant because, given the five years of litigation between the parties, it represents a unique procedural posture for finding patents directed to patent ineligible subject matter after the Supreme Court’s Alice decision,” Yar said.
The Paul Hastings team was led by Yar Chaikovsky, with significant support from of counsel
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