Dolby Laboratories v. Alcatel-Lucent Technologies
We represented Dolby in seeking a declaratory judgment that Dolby’s AC-3 (“Dolby Digital”) technology does not infringe patents that Alcatel-Lucent had asserted against Dolby’s licensees. Following protracted litigation, in which we obtained discovery sanctions against Alcatel-Lucent on multiple occasions and attorneys’ fees at the conclusion of the case, we successfully obtained orders granting summary judgment of non-infringement on the patents-in-suit. The Federal Circuit affirmed the district court's orders awarding summary judgment and attorney's fees.
Bilski et al v. Kappos (561 U.S. 593 (2010)
Submitted an amicus brief on behalf of Dolby Laboratories for the Supreme Court of the United States in the landmark Bilski ruling relating to business method patents. The Supreme Court relied on and cited for the proposition in overturning the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals opinion and addressing the scope of what is patentable under section 101 of the Patent Act. Specifically, that exclusive adoption of a “machine-or-transformation test” for patent eligibility “would create uncertainty as to the patentability of software, advanced diagnostic medicine techniques, and inventions based on linear programming, data compression, and the manipulation of digital signals.”
UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust v. Sutter Health et al.
Representing UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust in a class action complaint against Sutter Health, alleging that Sutter engages in anticompetitive conduct in violation of the California Cartwright Act and the state Unfair Competition Law. In October 2015, the Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District affirmed the trial court's decision holding that Sutter Health could not compel a union’s benefits trust to arbitrate its putative class claim that the health system overcharged millions of workers. (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 909.