Quarles & Brady successfully enforced the patent rights of its client, Monroe Truck Equipment, Inc., against one of its primary regional competitors in the snow and ice equipment industry. In a complete victory in the Western District of Wisconsin, the Q&B team obtained favorable summary judgment rulings on both validity and infringement of Monroe's patent on its innovative wing plow support posts, which offer a host of benefits to Monroe's municipal customers, including increasing the safety of their plow operators. Before proceeding to a jury trial on the amount of damages owed by the infringer, the parties reached a confidential settlement agreement. Click here to read more.
Freedom to Operate
We were lead counsel representing a drug development company sued by multiple entities in a patent dispute over the client’s most important drug discovery. After a weeklong arbitration, we obtained a judgment of no liability and invalidating all asserted patent claims. The client subsequently sold for $11 billion, based on the drug discovery.
We were lead counsel representing a major international seller of wireless computer networking products that was sued in federal court by three corporate members of a patent pool, each of which claimed having patents essential to the IEEE 802.11 Standard. The plaintiffs accused hundreds of the client's products of infringement, seeking tens of millions in past damages alone. We obtained summary judgment of non-infringement on all asserted claims on behalf of client.
Beating the Spread
When a university client and its exclusive licensee discovered that their patented invention was being used to make numerous retail food products, Quarles & Brady undertook a successful enforcement and licensing program on their behalf against over a dozen companies. The patented invention dealt with healthy, balanced blends of fatty acids used in retail baked goods and margarines. Quarles & Brady developed a program of testing potentially infringing products, then either approaching infringers with a license offer or filing suit for patent infringement. The targets included several multi-national corporations and direct competitors of our clients. In the litigations, the Quarles & Brady team obtained a favorable claim construction order, leading to favorable resolutions for our clients.
Breaking the Mold
Quarles & Brady successfully defended an injection mold manufacturer, and its owners, in a lawsuit involving claims of patent infringement, violations of the RICO Act, violations of the CFAA, misappropriation of trade secrets, and various other intentional torts. Defendants won summary judgment on the patent, RICO, and CFAA claims. Defendants won at trial on the intentional tort claims and twelve asserted trade secret claims.
$44.1 Million Verdict
Quarles & Brady obtained a $44.1 million patent infringement jury verdict on behalf of its clients Ultratec, Inc. and CapTel, Inc. against Sorenson Communications, Inc. and CaptionCall, LLC. after a seven day trial. In addition, the Q&B team invalidated CaptionCall LLC's U.S. Patent No. 8,379,801, which was asserted against Ultratec and CapTel. The case involved life-changing captioned telephone technology patented by Ultratec and CapTel that permits the deaf and hard-of-hearing to more effectively communicate with others. "Ultratec Wins $44.1M In IP Suit Over Close-Captioned Phones," IP Law360, November 3, 2014
$5.44 Million Jury Verdict
Quarles & Brady obtained a $5.44 million jury verdict on behalf of its clients Ultratec, Inc. and CapTel, Inc. against competitors Sorenson Communications, Inc. and CaptionCall, LLC. This was the second jury trial in 12 months in Quarles’ Ultratec team prevailed on all asserted patent claims. "Jury Awards $5M Verdict In Closed-Caption Phone Patent Row," Law 360, October 8, 2015