Press Release

Kirkland & Ellis Secures Largest Patent Infringement Verdict Ever

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is pleased to announce that John Desmarais and his trial team secured a victory for client Alcatel-Lucent in their patent infringement battle with Microsoft Corp.  On February 22, a jury in California ordered Microsoft to pay Alcatel-Lucent $1.52 billion for using digital music technology without permission.  This verdict is reported to be the largest patent infringement verdict in history.

Kirkland's trial team included attorneys John Desmarais, Robert Appleby, Paul Bondor, Michael Stadnick, Edward C. Donovan, Jordan Malz, Karen Robinson, Alan Kellman, Elizabeth Bernard, Jason Grauch, Jason Choy, Sharon Billington, Sean McEldowney and Aaron Schechter; legal assistants Jay Mafale, Dena Bouchard, Casey Street, Kyle Caffrey, Mike Catanese and Matthew Hu; and practice assistants Regina Sarnicola, Joyce Stark and Christine Gonzalez. 

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,300-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex intellectual property and technology, corporate, tax, litigation, restructuring and dispute resolution and arbitration matters. The Firm has offices in New York, Chicago, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, London, Munich, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.