David Nelson of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan
David Nelson of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan ()

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan set the tone for 2013 on Jan. 24, winning reversal on appeal of a $172 million trade-secrets verdict against client Mattel Inc. But the Barbie maker still had to pay $137 million in attorney fees to Bratz doll manufacturer MGA Entertainment Inc. over copyright claims it lost at trial.

“It was significant,” Quinn partner David Nelson said while acknowledging, “It wasn’t a complete victory. Those are the kinds of cases we do.”

And so it goes. Quinn flies high, but at these altitudes the ride can get bumpy. To wit: After a jury awarded $1.05 billion against its client in 2012, Quinn lost another $290 million in Samsung Electronics Co.’s smartphone war against Apple Inc. But the Nov. 21 verdict lowered Samsung’s total payment to about $930 million.

In a string of cases brought by amateur artist Frederick Bouchat over his copyright to the Baltimore Ravens “Flying B” logo, Quinn, lead counsel for NFL Properties LLC, had a cleaner kill. On Jan. 3, U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis awarded Bouchat $721 for the logo’s use in highlight films, but granted summary judgment on April 4 in a separate case over “Madden NFL” video games. Then on Dec. 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld an order tossing a third case over three NFL videos and stadium displays.

Hogans Lovell partner Mark Gately, representing the Ravens, praised Quinn partner Robert Raskopf. “The combination of true trial skills, which are hard to come by these days in any event, and IP knowledge, is frighteningly valuable, and he’s the real deal on that,” he said.

On Feb. 13, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a 2010 defense verdict in the first patent infringement case client Google Inc. took to trial, involving Google’s AdSense program.

FIRM FACTS:

Year founded: 1986
Headquarters: Los Angeles
Total attorneys: 669
IP partners: 55
IP associates: Not available
Patent agents: 0