July 19, 2019
Edward Reines, Co-Head of Weil’s nationwide Patent Litigation practice, has been named “Litigator of the Week” for earning a complete summary judgment victory for HP Inc. and its customers in the sprawling multi-district patent litigation, In Re: Industrial Print Technologies, commenced by a plaintiff holding company controlled by mega-patent enforcer Acacia Research Group, Inc. In addition to granting summary judgment in favor of Weil’s clients, the court ruled that two of the seven component cases in the MDL are “exceptional cases,” and thus awarded Weil’s clients attorneys’ fees. Acacia sought tens of millions of dollars in damages.
Mr. Reines explained that one of the key strategies the team used was to centralize the cases before one judge via a successful motion to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. As Mr. Reines noted, MDLs typically involve many more cases, but Weil’s unconventional strategy to move for coordinated proceedings paid off, dramatically reducing the overall cost of litigating and positioning the seven cases for eventual disposition in one court. He went on to explain that the overarching theme of Weil’s defense was that our clients’ ability to vindicate their innocence efficiently should not be disrupted by the complex litigation mess created by Acacia. The court vindicated Weil’s strategy and arguments that Acacia’s positions lacked merit by granting attorneys’ fees in two of the cases.
When asked about what he will remember about the case, Mr. Reines commented: “I will take pride that we did our level best to resolve the matter as efficiently as possible for our clients.”