“Steve Jobs doesn’t skimp on lawyers,” Zusha Elinson reports for Law.com. “Apple Inc. just added another big, expensive name to the growing list of lawyers engaged in the company’s latest round of patent wars.”
“Matthew Powers, head of litigation at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Redwood City, filed a countersuit for Apple against Kodak last week,” Elinson reports. “In its dispute with Nokia, Apple has already hired Boston’s William Lee, co-managing partner of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. And in its patent offensive against HTC Corp.’s Google phones, Apple is using Kirkland & Ellis top patent lawyer Robert Krupka, from Los Angeles.”
“Although Powers and Lee have suffered some notable defeats at trial in Texas in recent years, they are seen as the cream of the country’s patent bar,” Elinson reports. “All three of the firms are ranked No. 1 in IP litigation by Chambers. And all three partners have billing rates close to $1,000 an hour, according to people familiar with those rates.”
“Their assignments aren’t the typical disputes. Apple faces dozens of patent infringement lawsuits, but many of them are filed by patent trolls willing to settle for the cost of litigation,” Elinson reports. “In contrast, the cases against Nokia, Kodak and HTC are fights with real companies that all want a piece of the smart-phone market.”
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