McKool Smith, one of the nation’s leading trial firms, has secured a $145 million patent infringement verdict on behalf of Ottawa, Canada-based WiLAN Inc. against Apple, Inc.

The verdict was announced on August 1, 2018 following a jury trial before Judge Dana M. Sabraw in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. After 1.5 hours of deliberations, jurors awarded WiLAN $145.1 million in damages finding that Apple infringed WiLAN’s 8,457,145 and 8,537,757 patents, which cover voice over LTE ("VoLTE") wireless communication technology used in many Apple products, including the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus.

“The jury worked very hard to understand the complex technology involved in the case, and they weighed the evidence very carefully,” said Mike McKool, Chairman of McKool Smith. “Our client is pleased with the verdict.”   

Along with Mike McKool, the McKool Smith trial team included firm principal Steven J. Pollinger, and associates Warren LipschitzKevin Schubert, Christopher P. McNett.

The case is Wi-LAN Inc v. Apple Inc., case number 3:14-cv-02235-DMS-BLM, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.

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 eleven nine-figure jury verdicts and twelve eight-figure jury verdicts. The firm has also won more VerdictSearch and The National Law Journal "Top 100 Verdicts" over the last ten 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, insurance recovery, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.

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