Wilmer’s Lee Scores Win for Kodak At ITC – AMLAW Daily

LawFuel.com – AmLaw Daily – As we reported in October, William Lee’s fall trial schedule pitted him against some heavyweights of the IP bar. Back in October, the Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr co-managing partner was set to go up against Morgan Chu of Irell & Manella. But that case, in which the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (represented by Chu) sued Intel (represented by Lee) for patent infringement, settled on the eve of trial. Lee then turned his attention to a trial at the International Trade Commission, where he faced off against Matt Powers of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. That case didn’t settle and last week, ITC administrative law judge Carl Charneski ruled in favor of Lee’s client, Eastman Kodak, finding that Samsung Electronics had infringed two of Kodak’s patents.

As Bloomberg reported, the patents related to capturing, compressing and storing digital images. Kodak is seeking to block certain Samsung phones that infringe its patents from entering the U.S. David Lanzillo, a spokesman for Kodak, told Bloomberg it was happy with the decision, which is subject to review by the ITC’s six-member commission.

“We are gratified that the judge recognized the validity and infringement of the digital camera patents at issue,” said Lanzillo. As we’ve said many times before, we have invested hundreds of millions of dollars creating this technology and we have an obligation to our shareholders and other licensees to protect that investment.”

A spokesperson for Samsung told Bloomberg the company had not issued a statement.

LG Electronics, which was also a defendant at the trial, settled with Kodak for undisclosed terms before the decision issued last week. At trial, LG was represented by Michael McKeon of Fish & Richardson.

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