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Baker Botts Secures Victory for Samsung in Patent Infringement Case


AUSTIN and NEW YORK, March 5, 2015 - Baker Botts, a leading international law firm, successfully represented Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. ("Samsung") in a patent infringement suit filed by Masakazu Ushijima, a Japanese inventor and patent owner.

"Obviously, we are delighted with the result," said Robert Maier, a partner with Baker Botts. "We had a jury that was diligent and attentive as any, and they worked hard to get it right. We're proud of our entire team's effort, and we're proud that we had the opportunity to bring our IP litigation and trial expertise to bear for Samsung to achieve a great result," he added.

"We were incredibly pleased to secure vindication for our client, Samsung," Michael Barta, a partner with Baker Botts commented. "Our client had maintained, and we were able to demonstrate to the jury, that Samsung’s technology was fundamentally different from the technology claimed in the plaintiff’s patent."

The patent suit (U.S. Patent No. 5,495,405) was asserted against Samsung's LCD televisions and computer monitors, and the technology in those products related to the lamp inverter circuits.

Mr. Ushijima was seeking $30 million in damages, and enhanced damages for alleged willful infringement.

The trial began on February 23, 2015, in the Western District of Texas, Austin Division, before Judge Lee Yeakel, and concluded on March 3. The jury verdict was a complete victory for Samsung—non-infringement for all accused products.

Baker Botts team members included: Michael Barta (Partner, Washington, DC); Rob Maier (Partner, New York); Neil Sirota (Partner, New York); Henry Chen (Senior Associate, New York); Joshua Sibble (Associate, New York) with local support in Austin from Kevin Meek (Partner, Austin), Darryl Adams (Partner, Austin) and Matt Wood (Associate, Austin)

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