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Texas Judge Upholds Fish & Richardson Patent Defense Win for Airlines, Ticketing Companies

August 10, 2012

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Texas Judge Upholds Fish & Richardson Patent Defense Win for Airlines, Ticketing Companies

August 10, 2012

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A take-nothing jury verdict won by Fish & Richardson in March on behalf of a group of airlines and ticketing companies has been upheld by a Texas federal judge following the plaintiff’s attempt to have the verdict set aside. Fish & Richardson successfully defended the firm’s clients against patent infringement claims filed by CEATS Inc., a patent holding company based in Tyler, Texas. CEATS sought $85 million in damages based on claims related to a series of patents covering technology used for displaying, selecting and reserving seats online with “mouse-over” functionality. However, jurors found that the contested patents were invalid, and Judge Leonard Davis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas agreed in his Aug. 10 ruling. In addition to denying CEATS’ verdict motion, the court also denied the company’s request for a new trial, finding that the original jury verdict was based on “sufficiently corroborated evidence.” The Fish & Richardson trial team was led by Tom Melsheimer, managing principal of the firm’s Dallas office, along with firm principals Carl Bruce, John Goetz, Andrew Graben and Neil McNabnay and associates Britnee Reamy and Karen Yeh.

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