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Jury Finds Yahoo Didn't Infringe Linux Patent

Publication Date: 
May 10, 2011
Source: 
Law360
Author: 
Richard Vanderford

Professor Mark Lemley is mentioned in this article by Richard Vanderford of Law360 in regards to how wins for IP defendants are somewhat rare in the Eastern District of Texas.

A Texas federal jury found for Yahoo Inc. in a Linux-related software patent infringement case Tuesday, an upset that follows a verdict against co-defendant Google Inc.

The jury said after 40 minutes of deliberation that Yahoo did not infringe a Linux storage patent held by Bedrock Computer Technologies LLC, Yahoo attorney Yar Chaikovsky of McDermott Will & Emery LLP confirmed. The verdict comes after a five-day trial.

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Wins for IP defendants are somewhat rare in the Eastern District of Texas, Stanford Law School's professor Mark A. Lemley said in a conversation with Law360. Data provided by Lex Machina, an IP stats clearinghouse, shows that plaintiffs in the district won at trial 46 times, compared with defendants' 18 wins in recent years.