Daniel Yannuzzi of Sheppard Mullin.
Daniel Yannuzzi of Sheppard Mullin. (Bill Blonigan)

To win a case in the U.S. Supreme Court is sweet. To win it unanimously is even sweeter. And to win an issue that the high court hadn’t seen in nearly a century is, well, a mic drop moment!

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton’s Carlo Van den Bosch scored that trifecta of a victory in Hana Financial v. Hana Bank , which affirmed a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit treating trademark “tacking” as a jury question of fact.

“IP cases in general don’t make it to the Supreme Court all that often and trademark cases less ­frequently, so it was nice for us and our client,” said Daniel Yannuzzi, chairman of the intellectual property practice group. “Oftentimes people hire Supreme Court ‘guns,’ but we did this ourselves with Carlo.”Hana Bank wasn’t the only standout win. After a six-year litigation fight in Intellect Wireless v. HTC, partner Steve Korniczky prevailed at trial and on appeal that Intellect Wireless Inc.’s two patents covering wireless picture phones were unenforceable because of false statements by the inventor. The court awarded HTC Corp. $4.1 million in attorney fees and costs.

“We got the patents invalidated based on inequitable conduct, which is challenging to do because the law on establishing inequitable conduct has tightened,” a defense numerous other companies failed to pursue, said Yannuzzi. Among other intellectual property wins, the firm’s Jill Pietrini won $300,000 in compensatory damages and $800,000 in profit disgorgements for her trademark clients, the survivors of Bob Marley, in Fifty-Six Hope Road v. AVELA. The court also approved more than $1.5 million in attorney fees.

Since May 2015, the firm has added nine partners to its IP practice and the practice has tripled in size since 2006, Yannuzzi said. “Our client base has a need for IP services and we want to further provide those services. It’s crazy how fast we’re growing.”

FIRM FACTS:

Year founded: 1927
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Total attorneys: 770
IP partners: 62
IP associates: 66

To win a case in the U.S. Supreme Court is sweet. To win it unanimously is even sweeter. And to win an issue that the high court hadn’t seen in nearly a century is, well, a mic drop moment!

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton ‘s Carlo Van den Bosch scored that trifecta of a victory in Hana Financial v. Hana Bank , which affirmed a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit treating trademark “tacking” as a jury question of fact.

“IP cases in general don’t make it to the Supreme Court all that often and trademark cases less ­frequently, so it was nice for us and our client,” said Daniel Yannuzzi, chairman of the intellectual property practice group. “Oftentimes people hire Supreme Court ‘guns,’ but we did this ourselves with Carlo.”Hana Bank wasn’t the only standout win. After a six-year litigation fight in Intellect Wireless v. HTC, partner Steve Korniczky prevailed at trial and on appeal that Intellect Wireless Inc.’s two patents covering wireless picture phones were unenforceable because of false statements by the inventor. The court awarded HTC Corp. $4.1 million in attorney fees and costs.

“We got the patents invalidated based on inequitable conduct, which is challenging to do because the law on establishing inequitable conduct has tightened,” a defense numerous other companies failed to pursue, said Yannuzzi. Among other intellectual property wins, the firm’s Jill Pietrini won $300,000 in compensatory damages and $800,000 in profit disgorgements for her trademark clients, the survivors of Bob Marley, in Fifty-Six Hope Road v. AVELA. The court also approved more than $1.5 million in attorney fees.

Since May 2015, the firm has added nine partners to its IP practice and the practice has tripled in size since 2006, Yannuzzi said. “Our client base has a need for IP services and we want to further provide those services. It’s crazy how fast we’re growing.”

FIRM FACTS:

Year founded: 1927
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Total attorneys: 770
IP partners: 62
IP associates: 66