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StoneTurn Success Story: Google Not Liable in SimpleAir Patent Infringement Suit

The verdict is in and Google, StoneTurn’s client, was found not liable for infringement in its second trial in as many years against SimpleAir. In a previous trial, involving different experts, SimpleAir was awarded $85 million for Google’s infringement of patents related to push notifications on mobile devices. The second trial involved the same type of alleged infringement, but different patents, other outside counsel for Google (Quinn Emanuel) and StoneTurn professionals working on the damages issues.

Alan Ratliff filed expert reports and gave depositions in the matter. The core team, led by Jim Barolak, included Tiffany Lewis, Kris Buchan, Katie Prichard and David Shannon, with additional assistance from various team members in StoneTurn’s Houston office.

Alan Ratliff Moderates Patent Damages Panel at Eastern District of Texas 2015 Bench Bar Conference

Alan Ratliff moderated a panel of judges and practicing attorneys engaged in a discussion on patent damages at the 2015 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference in Plano, Texas.

Judge Bryson of the Federal Circuit, Chief Judge Clark of the Eastern District of Texas, Judge Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas, Magistrate Judge Love of the Eastern District of Texas, Steve Williams of McDole & Williams in Dallas, and co-moderator Bo Davis of Longview, Texas, participated on the panel. Alan and Bo provided a recap of 2015 Federal Circuit opinions with significant damages issues. The panel focused on the role of surveys and technical experts in determining apportionment with respect to reasonable royalty damages, and the requirements for lost profits damages. The session concluded with questions from the audience.

To learn more, download the conference program and panel slides

Alan Ratliff Co-Hosts Hot Topics Panel Discussion at AILPA Annual Meeting

Alan Ratliff assembled a panel of practicing attorneys to discuss Hot Topics in Litigation and Damages in IP during the Litigation Track at the AIPLA’s annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Jason Hoffman of Baker & Hostetler (patents), Charles Ossola of Vinson & Elkins (trade secrets), Michael Heinlen of Thompson & Knight (copyrights) and Alex Bistline of Pirkey Barber (trademarks) participated in the discussion. Each panelist presented background on a substantive litigation issue and a current damages issue related to their respective subject matters. Later, the panel addressed follow-up questions before taking general questions from the floor. Paul Kitch of Nixon Peabody served as a co-coordinator for the event.

To learn more, download the conference program and panel slides.

Alan Ratliff Elected Chair and President of Houston BARC Foundation

Alan Ratliff, a Partner in StoneTurn’s Houston office, who was recently appointed by the Houston Mayor to the Houston BARC Foundation (HBF), has been elected as its Chair and President.

HBF is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the City of Houston’s animal regulation and care efforts, including raising funds from the private sector to provide much needed medical and kennel supplies, equipment and better living conditions to the animals at the local shelter, which is the largest in the U.S.

Additionally, Katie Prichard, a Manager in StoneTurn’s Houston office, has been appointed as Administrative Coordinator of the HBF.

To learn more, visit the HBF website.