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Morrison & Foerster Secures Victory for Pioneer Corporation in Patent Infringement Suit


SAN FRANCISCO (October 29, 2008) –  Morrison & Foerster LLP secured a major victory for Pioneer Corporation in a patent infringement suit against Samsung  Electronics Co., Ltd. and its affiliates.  A jury in the U.S. District Court in Eastern District of Texas decided three Samsung entities had willfully infringed the patents in suit and awarded $59.3 million in compensatory damages to Pioneer Corporation.

The suit, which was initiated in the fall of 2006, claimed that plasma televisions manufactured by Samsung infringed two plasma display technology patents held by Pioneer.

Partner Harold McElhinny from Morrison & Foerster LLP and principal Sam Baxter from McKool Smith co-led the winning trial team.  Morrison & Foerster partners Karen Hagberg, Andrew Monach, Peter Stern, and Taro Isshiki were key members of the trial team.




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