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This summer, Melissa Baily convinced a judge to toss a patent case filed against her client, Flagstar Bancorp. It was Baily’s first victory as lead counsel in a patent case, but that’s only part of the story. The summary judgment ruling obtained by Baily, a sixth-year associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges in San Francisco, did more than just strike a severe blow to Eon-Net, a notorious patent-holding company. The ruling also puts so-called patent trolls on notice: Sending out generic infringement letters may be a tactic on its way out.

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