Louise Stoupe is co-chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Trial Practice Group and head of the Tokyo litigation department. Ms. Stoupe’s practice is focused on high tech disputes in international arbitration and litigation. She is a trial lawyer, recognized expert in multijurisdictional litigation and highly regarded counselor on IP issues to some of the largest technology companies in the world. Ms. Stoupe is a leader in international arbitration and was one of the primary drafters of Guam’s International Arbitration Law.
Ms. Stoupe has been recognized for her cutting-edge work for Japanese clients and was recognized as the Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year and the BMW Award Woman Lawyer of the Year by Asian Legal Business in 2018. Ms. Stoupe is ranked in the current editions of Chambers Global (2018) and Chambers Asia Pacific (2019) for dispute resolution. She is also ranked as a Leading Lawyer for dispute resolution in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. Ms. Stoupe has been recognized by the Japan edition of Best Lawyers for Intellectual Property since the 2010 edition and for litigation since the 2014 edition. Ms. Stoupe has long been identified as a leader in her field exhibited by the fact that in 2008 she was the second youngest person on the “Top 50 Under 45” list published by IP Law & Business.
Ms. Stoupe is licensed to practice law in California, England and Wales, and New Zealand.
Ms. Stoupe obtained her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (Honors) from the University of Auckland. While practicing commercial and international litigation in New Zealand, she obtained a Masters of Commercial Law (First Class Honors), graduating at the top of her class. In 1999, she was awarded the Fulbright Buddle Findlay Award to study for a Masters of Law at Duke University. Before moving to the Tokyo office in 2001, Ms. Stoupe was a member of the litigation department in the firm’s Palo Alto office.
SanDisk v. Toshiba Corporation (Multijurisdictional litigation). Represented Toshiba Corporation in its litigation and arbitration against SanDisk regarding a dispute over the Japanese firm’s sale of its $18 billion chip unit. The dispute involved three California state court proceedings, two Tokyo District Court cases and three ICC arbitrations. The matter was settled favorably after Toshiba successfully obtained favorable rulings before the California state court and the arbitral tribunal.
Toshiba Corporation v. SK Hynix (Multijurisdictional litigation). Represented Toshiba Corporation in its trade secret claim against SK Hynix. The suit sought damages for the wrongful acquisition and use of proprietary Toshiba information on NAND flash memory, which Toshiba pioneered in 1987. Pursuant to settlement, Toshiba received $278 million.
Certain Sintered Rare Earth Magnets, Methods of Making Same and Products Containing Same(International Trade Commission, 337-TA-855). Represented Hitachi Metals, Ltd. in its investigation before the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) regarding infringement of certain Hitachi Metals U.S. patents by the sale into the United States of certain sintered Nd-Fe-B magnets. The case was originally brought against 29 respondents, including magnet manufacturers based in China.
American Motorists Insurance Co. v. The Club at Hokuli’a, Inc., et al.(District of Hawaii). Represented Japan Airlines in complex litigation involving three court cases in Hawaiian federal and state courts related to failed property development on the Big Island in Hawaii. The dispute related to interpretation of bonds, development agreements and partnership law issues. This complex litigation involved seven parties in a multimillion-dollar property development being concurrently litigated in three cases.
Blue Spike, LLC v. NEC Corporation of America, et al.(Eastern District of Texas) (consolidated with Blue Spike, LLC v. Texas Instruments, Inc.) (Eastern District of Texas). Represented NEC Corporation in patent litigation brought by Blue Spike, LLC concerning digital watermarking technology. Blue Spike initiated patent litigation in E.D. Texas against all the major players in the digital watermarking and fingerprinting technology area.
Prem Sales, Ltd. v. SANYO Electric Air Conditioning Co., Ltd., et al.(Northern District of Texas). Successfully obtained the stay of a distributorship dispute in Texas federal court in favor of a JCAA arbitration on behalf of SANYO. SANYO later obtained a very favorable award from the JCAA tribunal.
Technology Patents LLC v. Deutsche Telekon, T-Mobile, et al.; SoftBank Mobile Corp SMS Patent Litigation(District of Maryland). Obtained motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in a patent infringement action filed by Technology Patents LLC in the District of Maryland accusing 131 defendants of infringing two patents relating to international paging systems. The complaint accused virtually every wireless service provider in the world of infringement by virtue of having entered into roaming agreements with U.S. wireless service providers that permit or facilitate sending or receiving text messages internationally. Our clients were two of the three largest wireless service providers in Japan.
Ms. Stoupe has been recognized for her cutting-edge work for Japanese clients and in 2008 was the second youngest person on the “Top 50 Under 45” list published by IP Law & Business. Ms. Stoupe is ranked in the current editions of Chambers Global (2018) and Chambers Asia Pacific (2019) for dispute resolution. She is also ranked as a Leading Lawyer for dispute resolution in the 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. Ms. Stoupe has been recognized by the Japan edition of Best Lawyers for Intellectual Property since the 2010 edition and for litigation since the 2014 edition.
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