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Daily Journal Honors Three O’Melveny Partners in Annual “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” List

March 20, 2020


LOS ANGELES—March 20, 2020—The Daily Journal has named O’Melveny partners Darin Snyder, Brett Williamson, and Ryan Yagura to its list of 2020 “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers,” which honors “some of the best lawyers in California handling intellectual property issues.”

The publication cited Darin Snyder’s representation of JHL Biotech Inc. in a case where “the stakes were higher than usual — even by the seasoned litigator’s standards.” Plaintiff Genentech, Inc., sought a preliminary injunction that would have effectively shuttered the defendant’s entire operations, but Snyder and his O’Melveny team convinced the presiding US District Judge to issue one of a much more limited scope, which allowed the company to continue operating and eventually led to a favorable settlement. In addition, the Daily Journal noted Snyder’s many successes as Co-Head of Diversity & Inclusion at O’Melveny, including his firm-wide implementation of diversity hiring software developed by pymetrics.

Brett Williamson “is one of O’Melveny’s most seasoned intellectual property litigators,” the Daily Journal wrote, referencing two of his recent victories for Endo International PLC and its subsidiary Par Pharmaceutical. In the first case, Williamson argued a successful motion for summary judgment, resulting in the dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit against Par involving patents covering the drug Vasostrict. Williamson also succeeded in securing a preliminary injunction for Par in a trade secrets case against a competitor seeking to launch a competing drug. The Daily Journal also noted that Williamson’s practice spans a wide array of cross-practice matters, citing his recent defense of “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Shannon Beador against defamation claims.

The Daily Journal highlighted 2019 as a particularly busy year for Ryan Yagura, who chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice. In addition to leading more than a dozen matters for clients including Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp., HP Inc., Hyundai Motor Corp., Disney, iHeartMedia, and Belkin, Yagura represented Samsung in a series of “contentious” patent litigation matters before the US International Trade Commission and multiple district courts across the United States. The cases, filed by several Xperi subsidiaries, sought an ITC exclusion order that could have resulted in a ban on importing certain Samsung mobile devices to the US. Yagura and his team, however, successfully convinced an ITC administrative law judge to terminate the investigation in favor of arbitration and several of the district courts to transfer matters to Delaware for resolution.

In an increasingly predatory intellectual property environment, O’Melveny works closely with clients, providing practical, results-oriented advice customized to meet their business goals. We counsel on the acquisition, exploitation, enforcement, and defense of intellectual property rights worldwide, with lawyers who have broad industry experience and specialized academic backgrounds, including advanced technical and scientific degrees.

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Christopher Rieck
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
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