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Federal Circuit Affirms McKool Smith’s Judgment for Summit 6

September 23, 2015

On September 21, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued an opinion affirming a $16.8 million patent infringement judgment that McKool Smith secured on behalf of Summit 6 LLC against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Samsung Telecommunications America, Inc.  Ted Stevenson, a principal in McKool Smith’s Dallas office, argued the case before the Federal Circuit in September 2014.  

McKool Smith’s original $15 million verdict  was announced on April 5, 2013 following a six-day trial before Judge Reed O'Connor in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.  The jury found that Samsung infringed Summit 6’s patented media uploading technology, U.S. Patent No. 7,765,482, which covers software that automatically processes digital photos before they are transmitted over a network by client devices, such as cell phones.  The final judgment ordered an additional $1.8 million in prejudgment interest for a total award of $16.8 million.

“Along with our client, we are very pleased that the Federal Circuit has affirmed the district court's decision,” said Ted Stevenson, who served as both lead trial and appellate counsel for Summit 6.

The McKool Smith appellate team included attorneys Ted Stevenson, John Campbell, Joel Thollander, Gretchen Kleinman, Phillip Aurentz, Richard Kamprath, Kat Li, and Ashley Moore, along with Bradley Caldwell of the Caldwell Cassady & Curry firm.

With more than 185 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington, D.C., McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. Since 2006, the firm has secured nine nine-figure jury verdicts, as well as ten eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has also won more VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal "Top 100 Verdicts" over the last eight years than any other law firm in the country. Courtroom successes like these have earned McKool Smith critical acclaim and helped the firm become what The Wall Street Journal describes as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.” McKool Smith represents clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.