COMPLEX PATENT LITIGATION
Advanced Micro Devices v. Samsung: Brought to resolution patent litigation for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) against Samsung in the Northern District of California. The case involved allegations that Samsung's DRAM, SRAM and NAND memory products, its system logic products, and its consumer products infringed seven AMD patents covering technologies in memory architecture, processor micro-architecture, MOS-transistor fabrication and design, and user interface design for consumer products. Samsung asserted six patents against AMD's x86 processors and graphics processing units (GPUs) covering technologies in processor micro-architecture design, and semiconductor fabrication and process control. After three years of litigation and two mediations the parties resolved the matter at the close of expert discovery and dispositive motion briefing, shortly before trial. Reputed to be the 4th largest patent case settlement and/or verdict from Jan. 2010-June 2011 in the amount of $283 million.
Silicon Graphics, Inc. v. Advanced Micro Devices: Represented Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in patent litigation against Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) in the Western District of Wisconsin. The case involved three patents in the areas of graphics processing. The District Court granted summary judgment of non-infringement on all three patents. The summary judgment was also based on a license SGI granted to Microsoft. The case was appealed to the Federal Circuit. AMD sustained two-thirds of the non-infringement issues appealed. The case was remanded to the District Court for resolution of remaining issues as to 5 claims on one patent. The case resolved shortly before trial after 37 motions-in-limine were filed by AMD.
Intergraph v. Dell, Hewlett Packard and Gateway: Represented Intergraph Corp. in patent litigation involving microprocessor system design in a case venued in East Texas. Recovered a total of $500 million in settlements as follows:
- Hewlett Packard $141 million, with cross licenses;
- Dell/Intel $225 million;
- Gateway $12 million plus ongoing royalties;
- AMD $20 million plus potential future royalty profits;
- IBM $10 million plus a license to IBM’s portfolio;
- Fujitsu $9.75 million;
- Toshiba and NEC, confidential settlements
Lead Licensing campaign following litigation:
- Sony $15 million;
- Acer $7.5 million; and
- Other confidential licenses
Digital Sun v. The Toro Company: Obtained summary dismissal of complaint asserted against The Toro Company, alleging violations of the federal antitrust laws (Sherman and Clayton Acts), as well as California unfair business practices and common law fraud. The complaint involved smart sprinkler technology, and arose out of Toro's consideration of a potential business relationship with the named plaintiff regarding that technology, including the licensing of certain intellectual property related to that technology. The issues presented in the motion to dismiss included the plausibility of the allegations under the standard set forth in the Supreme Court's decision in Twombly, as well as the intersection between the antitrust and patent laws. The dismissal briefing focused on key points in the related documentation and dealings which confirmed the business reality existing between the parties, thereby overcoming an otherwise complex set of allegations presented in the complaint. The matter settled shortly after the summary dismissal.
Sharper Image v. Honeywell: Represented Honeywell in patent infringement suit brought by Sharper Image against Honeywell. The case was venued in the Northern District of California. It involved air cleaning technology and Honeywell asserted a false advertising counter-claim.
Xerox v. Hewlett Packard: Represented Xerox in patent cases involving thermal ink-jet technology against Hewlett-Packard. All cases were resolved through a cross-license settlement.
Bell & Howell Mail Processing System v. Pitney Bowes: Dismissal of a defendant in a patent infringement suit. The suit was between two competitors that dominate an industry.
Soloflex v. NordicTrack: Represented NordicTrack in a significant false advertising, trade dress, trademark and copyright infringement case against Soloflex.
CLASS ACTION LITIGATION
Currently defending an alleged national consumer class action that has been consolidated in Tennessee.
Defended and resolved an alleged national consumer class action for a Fortune 300 company in Southern Illinois that involved allegations of false advertising.
Obtained summary judgment in Cook County before class certification hearing was held for Dow 30 company. The result was sustained by the Illinois Court of Appeals.
Defended a class action in East Texas on behalf of a Fortune 200 company.
Dismissal of a defendant by summary judgment in an alleged national consumer class action involving home security systems.
Settlement of a securities fraud class action following dismissal by the Federal District Court and after full appellate briefing to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
PRODUCT LIABILITY DEFENSE
Has represented many corporations in national products liability defense programs whereby prior burgeoning and growing litigation problems were dramatically reduced. This was accomplished by preventive law programs that brought corporations into compliance with the law, as well as trying cases in federal and state courts around the country.
Defended Honeywell in the First Interstate Bank high-rise fire that occurred in downtown Los Angeles against allegations of 100 million dollar plus property damage.
PLAINTIFF’S PERSONAL INJURY/PRODUCT LIABILITY SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS
Confidentially settled a complex products liability case for a Minneapolis Police Officer who was severely burned when a vehicle he was in burst into flames on impact.
Reached a confidential settlement with numerous defendants on behalf of two families who lost three children when a conversion van spontaneously erupted into flames. Defendants included, among others, the driver/owner, the company that installed the interior cloth lining, and the dealer.
Achieved a 9.6 million dollar settlement on behalf of a severely brain-injured young woman who was rear-ended in an auto accident.
Confidentially settled an eight figure case for two boys who were severely burned when a non-child resistant utility lighter started a fire.
An 8.5 million dollar jury verdict for a double amputee against the Case Corporation as a result of a defective tractor design. This verdict included 2 million dollars of punitive damages. It was appealed on choice of law and other issues and the WI Supreme Court unanimously upheld the verdict. A book was written about this case titled: "A Measure of Endurance: The Unlikely Triumph of Steven Sharp," by William Mishler. The case is reported at Sharp v. Case Corp., 595 N.W.2d 380 (Wis. 1999).
A one million dollar plus wrongful death verdict on behalf of two emancipated children in Cook County against the Chicago Transit Authority. This verdict is reputed to be the largest wrongful death verdict for emancipated children in Cook County.
A 1.425 million dollar settlement of a wrongful death case wherein decedent was a passenger in a company owned truck driven by co-worker.
A one million dollar settlement for an arm amputation caused by a defectively designed conveyor belt “tripper.”
Has obtained numerous other seven figure settlements for plaintiffs in wrongful death, personal injury and products liability matters.
Testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on Tort Reform issues. Testimony resulted in the ATLA creation of the Steven J. Sharp Award, now presented annually to a lawyer and a client who comes forward with a case that makes a legislative difference.