August 17, 2016
Making repeat appearances on the Daily Journal’s annual list of the Top Intellectual Property Attorneys in California, San Francisco Bay Area trial lawyers Douglas Lumish and Julie Holloway were recognized among California’s elite IP attorneys for a year of case successes that the publication noted, “pushed technological progress forward.”
Vice Chair of the firm’s Litigation & Trial Department and former global Co-chair of Latham's IP Litigation Practice, Douglas Lumish was honored for successfully defending Arista Networks in a licensing dispute brought by OptumSoft that pit two Silicon Valley legends and former collaborators against one another. He told the Daily Journal that during the two-and-a-half week bench trial and owing to the star-powered status of the individuals involved, “The challenge was to keep centered on the licensing agreement…” and to “…not let the drama take over.” Ultimately, the judge adopted Lumish’s theory of the case, resulting in a victory for Arista Networks.
Julie Holloway, Co-chair of the San Francisco office’s Litigation & Trial Department, earned a spot on the publication’s list for her work whittling Samsung’s high-profile eight patent infringement suit against client NVIDIA down to a single claim before securing a jury verdict in her client’s favor. Venued in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, a notorious rocket docket, Holloway lead on all the key examinations, including the cross-examination of Samsung’s expert witness. Of her focus during the trial, Holloway explained to the Daily Journal, “You have to present a simple, compelling story. But that story still has to be true. That’s the trick.” The jury deliberated for less than a day before finding that neither of Samsung’s two remaining claims were infringed and one of those claims was also invalid.