“If Apple Inc.’s patent litigation is the ‘thermonuclear war’ over smartphone technology and design that co-founder Steve Jobs pledged to his biographer, Noreen Krall is its field marshal,” Susan Decker and Adam Satariano report for Businessweek.

“Krall has become a familiar sight in courtrooms around the world as Apple’s chief litigation counsel. Her greatest victory came Aug. 24, when a California jury ordered Samsung Electronics Co., the biggest smartphone maker, to pay Apple more than $1 billion for infringing patents related to the iPhone,” Decker and Satariano report. “‘There is no historical precedent for what Noreen Krall is doing,’ said John Thorne, who ran Verizon Communications Inc.’s intellectual-property team before joining Kellogg Huber in Washington this year. ‘Good generalship produces results like Noreen has gotten. She’s mastering big decisions, like which law firms to hire, how to manage resources, how much of Tim Cook’s time to take.'”

Decker and Satariano report, “Before moving to Apple, Krall spent five years managing Sun Microsystems Inc.’s 14,000 patents as chief intellectual- property counsel.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]