Morrison & Foerster Team Obtains Defendant’s Jury Verdict in Eastern District of Texas


A team of Morrison & Foerster lawyers and their co-counsel recently obtained a favorable jury verdict in a patent infringement case brought against two subsidiaries of client EchoStar Communication Corporation. The case was tried in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Tyler Division) before Judge Leonard Davis. The Eastern District has proven to be a difficult venue for defendants accused of patent infringement.

An eight-person jury took just over an hour to find the plaintiff’s patent invalid on several separate grounds. It

was only the second time on record that a jury in the Eastern District of Texas had handed down a defense win

in a patent case by finding the patent at issue invalid. The unanimous verdict was returned on May 21, 2007,

in Tyler, which is approximately 100 miles east of Dallas.

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