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Baker Botts Secures Patent Jury Trial Win For Samsung


NEW YORK, September 25, 2015 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, announced today that it has won a defense verdict for its clients Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. in a patent litigation brought by plaintiff ContentGuard Holdings, Inc. (ContentGuard Holdings, Inc. v. Inc. et al., filed in the Eastern District of Texas, Case No. 11-cv- 01112).

The Eastern District of Texas jury returned a verdict of no infringement for all asserted patents, a full defense victory for Samsung and its co-defendant, Google.

This case and its companion cases involve some of the biggest names in the technology industry, including, Apple, Huawei, HTC, Motorola and Google. ContentGuard had accused Samsung of infringing nine different patents related to Digital Rights Management ("DRM") technology, and had similarly accused many of the major mobile device makers. The asserted patents originated with work done at Xerox PARC.

The trial before Judge Gilstrap lasted seven days, and the jury deliberated for less than three hours before returning its verdict. ContentGuard had sought $309 million in damages from Samsung.

"We are proud to have obtained this result for Samsung. We believe this case demonstrates a number of the firm's capabilities, including our technical strengths, our ability to collaborate well with co-defendants, and our ability to represent valued clients like Samsung in critical, high-stakes litigation that impacts their most important businesses," said Neil Sirota, Intellectual Property partner in the firm's New York office.

The Baker Botts counsel to Samsung included: Mike Barta (Partner); Neil Sirota (Partner); Rob Maier (Partner); Brian Boerman (Senior Associate), Josh Sibble (Associate); Albert Boardman (Associate); and Steve Liquori (Senior Paralegal).

Baker Botts is an international law firm whose lawyers practice throughout a network of offices around the globe. Based on our experience and knowledge of our clients' industries, we are recognized as a leading firm in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors. Since 1840, we have provided creative and effective legal solutions for our clients while demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to excellence. For more information, please visit

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