PanOptis Hits Apple With $300M Patent Verdict
On Aug. 13, 2021, Irell & Manella LLP secured a $300 million jury award for PanOptis in a suit against Apple involving patents essential to LTE technology used in iPhones and cellular-enabled iPads and watches. The award represented the fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) royalty that jurors determined Apple owes PanOptis. In a previous trial in August 2020, a jury found that Apple infringed claims of the five patents at issue, determined all asserted claims were valid, and found willful infringement. The 2020 trial was the first patent jury trial in the U.S. since the pandemic began. The trials were held before Judge Rodney Gilstrap in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The jury award is one of the largest involving standard-essential patents.
The Irell trial team included Jason Sheasby, Annita Zhong, Lisa Glasser and Andrew Strabone. Co-counsel included McKool Smith PC and Gray Reed & McGraw LLP.