When the licensing arm of the University of Wisconsin sued Apple Inc. for infringing its chip technology, Apple fought back hard. The company tried to get the patents invalidated at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and filed 470 pages of summary-judgment motions in the district court case.

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) fought hard, too. An Irell & Manella trial team led by Los Angeles partners Morgan Chu and Gary Frischling presented testimony from seven expert witnesses in their damages case alone. “We wanted to construct a damages case that would meet the toughest scrutiny by a district judge or an appellate court in terms of where damages law might be in the future,” Chu said earlier this year.

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