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McKool Smith obtained a defense verdict on behalf of Ericsson Inc. and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson in a breach of FRAND case brought by HTC Corporation and HTC America, Inc.

The verdict was announced on February 15, 2019 following a five-day trial before Judge Rodney Gilstrap in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler. After deliberation, the jury found Ericsson did not breach its obligation to HTC to offer a license to its 4G standard-essential patents related to cellular and wireless technology on fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms (FRAND).

“The jury worked extremely hard and took its time to consider all of the evidence.” said Ted Stevenson, lead attorney for Ericsson. “We are grateful for the jury’s effort.”  

Along with Mr. Stevenson, the McKool Smith team included Principals Nicholas Mathews, Sam Baxter, Frank Vecella, Blake Bailey, Kevin Burgess, Warren Lipschitz, and Associates Christine Woodin, Erik Fountain, Kevin Hess, Jonathan Powers, Chelsea Priest, Marcus Rabinowitz, and Charles Fowler.

The case is HTC Corporation et al. v. Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson et al., case number 6:18-cv-00243-JRG, in the United States Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Tyler.

With more than 165 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, 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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