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Snyder, Williamson and Yagura Named Daily Journal 2021 “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers”

April 26, 2021


LOS ANGELES—April 26, 2021—The Daily Journal named O’Melveny partners Darin Snyder, Ryan Yagura, and Brett Williamson to its list of the “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” for 2021.

The Daily Journal hailed Snyder’s work in securing an important appellate win for Google in a patent infringement suit, as well as negotiating three settlements for Samsung Electronics, including one in Texas that would have been one of the first in-person trials after lockdown. As the publication reported, “Snyder’s team and international witnesses were in Texas observing quarantine protocols when the case resolved in July.” The Daily Journal also cited Snyder’s efforts as co-head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, including an initiative to use artificial intelligence to eliminate bias in the recruiting process. “We think it has allowed us to greatly expand the number of candidates that we can quickly evaluate,” he said.

In its profile of Williamson, The Daily Journal wrote, “It would be an exaggeration to say that Williamson and his team saved streaming television and made lockdown bearable this past pandemic year. But they did defeat a set of patent infringement attacks on the way Hulu stores movies and television shows and then transmits them smoothly to viewers, which, if successful, could have cost the streaming service as much as $100 million.” Williamson told the publication it was the kind of case he relishes—with a “great client, skilled opposing counsel, a variety of issues and, finally, complete victory.” The Daily Journal also noted Williamson’s role overseeing O’Melveny’s pro bono work. His own volunteer efforts include defending Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to block the death penalty in California.

The Daily Journal recognized Yagura, chair of O’Melveny’s Intellectual Property and Technology Practice, for “battling a bevy of challenges brought by a pair of patent holding companies against Samsung Electronics.” In one set of those cases, Neodron accused Samsung of infringing 15 patents over technology in the touchscreens used in Samsung’s cell phones, tablets and notebook computers. As Yagura noted, the patent holding companies share the same address in Ireland and are represented by the same law firm. “The growth in the industry has really been with companies buying patents and suing on the patents,” he observed.

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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Brandon Scott Jacobsen
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
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