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Four Irell Attorneys Selected to Daily Journal’s Top IP List


Morgan Chu, Lisa Glasser, Jason Sheasby and Annita Zhong were named among the Daily Journal’s 2023 Top IP Lawyers. Irell & Manella LLP had the most attorneys on the list of any firm, including firms many times its size. The list honors 100 California attorneys who have made the biggest impact in the intellectual property field.

The Daily Journal recognized Morgan for securing a pair of huge wins for VLSI in patent suits against Intel, including a $2.3 billion final judgment—the biggest patent judgment in history—and a $948 million verdict. He also scored a key defense victory, persuading the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to affirm the dismissal of Intel’s antitrust suit against Fortress and co-defendants.

In the past year, Lisa has successfully tried four patent cases, an arbitration and an evidentiary hearing for contempt, the Daily Journal noted. These include USAA’s $218.45 million verdict in a patent suit against PNC Bank involving remote deposit technology, among other USAA victories. She also co-led the team on a $59.5 million verdict for DePuy Synthes, a Johnson & Johnson company, in a medical device trial, as well as a permanent injunction and a contempt hearing, the publication said. Additionally, she represented Netlist in a $303.15 infringement verdict against Samsung involving high-tech memory modules, the Daily Journal said. 

Jason was recognized for obtaining Netlist's $303.15 patent verdict against Samsung, and he secured a $300 million patent verdict for PanOptis against Apple involving 4G LTE technology, as well as the $59.5 million verdict and permanent injunction for DePuy Synthes. He also scored a trio of nine-figure verdicts for USAA in cases against Wells Fargo and PNC Bank involving mobile check deposit technology, the Daily Journal said. 

Annita was also honored as co-counsel in Netlist's $303.15 verdict against Samsung. Her additional victories include successfully defending PanOptis patents on 4G LTE technology in a trio of IPRs against them brought by Apple, the Daily Journal noted, and she was a principal member of the PanOptis trial team in the $300 million verdict against Apple.   

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