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WASHINGTON, DC – Managing Intellectual Property magazine has recognized McKool Smith for its work in the “Patent Case of the Year” in addition to naming the law firm as one of the top four in the nation in cases involving patent litigation.

McKool Smith earned “Patent Case of the Year” honors following the firm’s successful representation of Toronto-based i4i Inc. in a patent infringement trial against computer giant Microsoft. McKool Smith also was honored as the top patent litigation firm in the southern U.S.

McKool Smith Principal Gordon White accepted both awards on the firm’s behalf at MIP’s fourth annual North America Awards Dinner on March 29, 2011, at The Four Seasons in Washington, DC.

“Honors like these, particularly those that single out our work in high-profile, complex cases, are extremely gratifying,” said Mike McKool, co-founder of McKool Smith. “Many excellent firms and important cases were considered for these awards, and we are proud to be recognized.”

In i4i v. Microsoft, jurors in a Tyler, Texas, federal court found that Microsoft willfully infringed an i4i patent covering a document system that relies on the XML custom formatting function. The jury verdict was entered as a $290 million judgment in favor of i4i.

In addition to Mr. White, i4i was represented at trial by McKool Smith principals Douglas Cawley, Jeff Carter, Kevin Burgess, Rosemary Snider, Jill Lynch, and Randy Carter.

To select the honored firms, researchers from Managing Intellectual Property asked lawyers and their clients across the U.S. to identify firms with an outstanding year in intellectual property work.

With more than 130 litigators working as an integrated team across offices in New York, Washington, DC and Texas, McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. The firm has been recognized by The National Law Journal and VerdictSearch for winning more Top 100 verdicts than any other U.S. law firm during the past three years. McKool Smith represents leading clients across a broad range of practice areas, including complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense. 

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