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Laurie Fitzgerald is a skilled trial lawyer who focuses on high-stakes patent litigation and complex commercial disputes. She has extensive trial and arbitration experience, with a recent focus on cases alleging competitive violations in patent licensing. In the past five years, Laurie has handled more than a dozen matters relating to standards development organizations and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing terms. Her practice is characterized by her fierce dedication to her clients, sound judgment, creative thinking, and emphasis on efficiency in litigation.

Laurie earned her J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law and was selected as a member of the Order of the Coif upon graduation. Following law school, Laurie served as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She devotes a portion of her practice to pro bono work in immigration and family law matters.

Experience

Representative Matters

  • Ericsson (TCL). Represents Ericsson in litigation with TCL involving a dispute over fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms for a license relating to LTE, WCDMA, and GSM/GPRS/EDGE technologies. The litigation was the subject of a three-week bench trial in the first half of 2017. 
  • Ericsson (Apple). Represented Ericsson in patent infringement and breach of contract litigation with Apple in the ITC and district court relating to LTE, WCDMA, and GSM/GPRS/EDGE technologies. The litigation settled favorably prior to an initial determination by the ITC or district court trial.
  • Ericsson (Samsung). Represented Ericsson in its patent infringement dispute against Samsung, including two ITC trials in Fall 2013 (one offensive and one defensive) involving the assertion of a number of standard essential and implementation patents related to LTE, WCDMA, GSM/GPRS/EDGE, and 802.11 wireless technology. The matter settled favorably on the eve of the date for the ITC to release its initial determination.
  • T-Mobile. Represented T-Mobile in several litigations brought against the company alleging infringement of patents in the Eastern District of Texas. The matters settled favorably prior to trial.
  • Versata (SAP). Represented Versata, a Texas-based enterprise software company, against SAP, the world's leading enterprise software company in a case alleging infringement of enterprise software patents. At trial in 2009, the jury found Versata’s patents infringed and awarded a nine-figure damages verdict. Following the verdict, the district court granted a new trial on damages as a result of changes in the law related to apportionment in damages calculations. On retrial, the jury awarded Versata more than twice the original verdict, and held SAP’s asserted design-around infringed. A substantial final judgment was entered on the verdict (including interest).

Recognition

Rankings & Honors

  • Named a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers, 2015-2017

  • Named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, 2008-2015

  • Selected as one of the top 25 "Legal Leaders on the Rise" in Texas by the editors of Texas Lawyer, 2013

  • Profiled in Chambers USA "Women in Law," 2012

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Education

J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law, 2001

  • Order of the Coif
  • Top 10% of class

B.S., Chemistry, magna cum laude, Southwestern University, 1997

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Presidential Scholar

Court Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Austin Bar Association
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