Faegre & Benson won a complete defense verdict for Seagate Technology LLC, the world's leading hard disc drive manufacturer, in a complex patent infringement action brought by Siemens, a $100 billion German conglomerate. Siemens alleged that all Seagate disc drives since 2000 infringed a patent on a particular type of sensor used in read heads for hard disc drives.
The jury found that Siemens' patent was invalid based on anticipation and obviousness and that Siemens was entitled to no damages. The court (C.D. California) denied Siemens' post-trial motions.
Lead trial attorney David J.F. Gross, head of the Faegre & Benson intellectual property litigation practice, used colored blocks to illustrate the complex technology at the heart of the case, demonstrating to a California jury that the patent at issue was not valid. Other key trial team members included partners Calvin Litsey, Mary Cullen Yeager and Aaron Van Oort.
Following this victory, Gross was selected by The National Law Journal for inclusion in its annual list of 10 top litigators—a special section profiling successful attorneys and their unique strategies for winning challenging cases against daunting odds.
In compiling its list, the publication looks at factors such as nominees' history of wins and their ability to sway juries. The Seagate victory, which was covered by a variety of local and national news organizations, was one of the nation's most significant defense jury verdicts in the past several years. Read more...