As a member of the firm’s global Intellectual Property Practice, he has more than 10 years of experience as a trial lawyer with particular expertise in patent cases.
Mr. Homrig served as a deputy district attorney for Santa Clara County in 2007, acting as lead trial counsel in criminal cases and taking numerous jury and bench trials to verdict. Mr. Homrig’s pro bono work includes representing veterans and their dependents in cases relating to disability benefits and discrimination.
- TransPerfect Global, Inc. v. MotionPoint: As trial counsel for TransPerfect in a multi-patent infringement case in the Northern District of California related to website translation technologies, won a complete jury verdict finding MotionPoint’s three patents invalid and not infringed, TransPerfect’s patent valid and infringed by MotionPoint, and awarding TransPerfect more than US$1 million in damages. Verdict named by the Daily Journal as a 2013 Top Plaintiffs' Verdict by Impact.
- Eolas v. Google et al.*: Trial counsel for Google and YouTube in a Tyler, Texas (E.D. Tx.) patent infringement action in which Eolas and the University of California claimed ownership of the “interactive web.” Included cross-examination of one of the alleged inventors of the asserted patents on behalf of all defendants. The jury invalidated all asserted claims after deliberating for just 2.5 hours, defeating claims for hundreds of millions in damages, as well as injunctive relief.
- Intellectual Ventures v. Capital One: Trial counsel for Capital One in two five-patent infringement actions brought by IV in E.D. Virginia and Maryland. In the Virginia action, won a complete victory at the district court, culminated by summary judgment invalidating IV’s last two patents under § 101 three weeks before trial. The Maryland action is currently pending.
- Jang v. Boston Scientific*: Successfully argued and briefed the appeal in this US$100 million cardiovascular stent litigation on behalf of Dr. G. David Jang. After replacing original counsel following an adverse judgment in the district court, represented Dr. Jang in his appeal of that decision to the Federal Circuit. In August 2012, the Federal Circuit reversed the district court’s claim construction, vacated the judgment, and remanded the action to the Central District of California for further proceedings.
- Apple in numerous matters.*
- Intellectual Ventures v. HSBC: Representing HSBC in this five-patent case brought by IV targeting banking technology in the Southern District of New York.
- Magsil and MIT v. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, et al*: Successfully represented Hitachi and Shenzen Excelstor, obtaining summary judgment that the asserted MIT patent is invalid and thereby defeating the plaintiffs’ US$100 million damages claims and request for an injunction against the sale of Hitachi hard drives containing TMR technology. Also represented Hitachi before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in connection with the plaintiffs’ appeal of the invalidity judgment. In August 2012, the Federal Circuit affirmed the district court’s judgment that MIT’s patent is is invalid. The win was featured as one of Corporate Counsel's Top 10 IP Litigation Wins of 2011.
- Convolve v. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, et al*: Trial counsel for Hitachi in this Eastern District of Texas patent litigation concerning noise reduction technology in disk drives, in which the plaintiff sought nearly US$200 million in total damages. Obtained a favorable jury verdict.
- Droplets v. Yahoo!: Represents Yahoo! in this Northern District of California patent litigation regarding Internet software applications.
- NovelPoint v. Western Digital and NovelPoint v. HGST: Represented WD and HGST in this E. D. Texas patent litigation involving computer control of peripheral access.
- MasterObjects v. Google*: Represented Google in this Northern District of California patent case involving AJAX and web search technologies.
- Eidos v. Skype*: Represented Skype in this District of Delaware patent litigation involving non-contemporaneous communication (i.e., voicemail) technologies.
- Walker Digital v. Yahoo!, et al.*: Represented Yahoo in two mutli-defendant patent litigations. The cases, both of which are venued in the District of Delaware, involve SmartAds and on-line gaming technologies.
* These clients were represented by Mr. Homrig while he was employed at another law firm.
Authorships / Publications
- PATENT CASE MANAGEMENT JUDICIAL GUIDE, 2ND ED., Menell, Pasahow, Pooley, Powers, Carlson & Homrig (Federal Judicial Center), 2012
- PATENT CASE MANAGEMENT JUDICIAL GUIDE, Menell, Pasahow, Pooley, Powers, et al. (Federal Judicial Center), 2009