O'Melveny Partners Named to Daily Journal's List of Top Intellectual Property Lawyers

May 12, 2015


Amber Burke
O’Melveny & Myers LLP

LOS ANGELES ─ May 11, 2015 ─ O’Melveny & Myers LLP is pleased to announce that partners George Riley, Mark Samuels, Brett Williamson, and Ryan Yagura have been selected by the Daily Journal for inclusion in its annual listing of California's top intellectual property lawyers. The Daily Journal made its selections from among hundreds of nominations based on major intellectual property successes over the past year, and focused on lawyers who have “helped to advance technological innovation or transform the law.”

Riley’s practice focuses on complex litigation, with particular emphasis on major class action and intellectual property disputes. The Daily Journal cited Riley’s October 2014 victory for Mentor Graphics in a patent infringement case against Emulation and Verification Engineering S.A. and Synopsys, Inc. An Oregon jury found that one Mentor patent was directly and indirectly infringed by EVE and Synopsys and awarded damages and royalties to Mentor. O’Melveny subsequently secured a permanent injunction for Mentor Graphics Corp. According to the injunction, Synopsys, Inc. and others cannot make, use, sell, offer to sell, license, or lease in the US any emulators or software that incorporate Mentor Graphics’ patented emulation technology.

Samuels is a trial lawyer with broad experience in complex patent, trade secret, antitrust, and other technology-based litigation. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Firm, and is the former Chair of the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice. The Daily Journal highlighted Samuels’ appellate win before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a complex patent infringement lawsuit brought by Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co Ltd. against O’Melveny’s client, Top Victory Electronics Co. Ltd. of Taipei, Taiwan. Top Victory prevailed at trial in April 2013 before a jury in the Eastern District of Texas, defeating all of Hitachi’s claims and invalidating two of Hitachi’s asserted patents. The three-judge appellate court panel affirmed the trial court judgment in September 2014.

Williamson focuses on representing technology companies in intellectual property matters. He has more than 25 years of experience prosecuting and defending patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret cases in the computer, medical, consumer products, electronics, telecommunications, and semiconductor industries. The Daily Journal spotlighted Williamson’s May 2014 victory for a major electronics manufacturer in two consolidated patent infringement lawsuits in the Eastern District of Virginia, defeating claims that the client’s products infringed patents purportedly covering the transmission of downloaded video content from a mobile device onto an alternative display such as a television.

Yagura is Chair of the Firm's Intellectual Property and Technology Practice. He represents clients in both complex technical litigation and patent transactional matters. Prior to attending law school, Yagura worked as an engineer at Intel Corporation on the Pentium microprocessor and at Read-Rite Corporation on the development of thin film magnetic recording heads. The Daily Journal noted that Yagura successfully defended and resolved a Section 337 International Trade Commission investigation involving optical disk drives, desktop computers, laptop computers, Blu-ray and DVD players/recorders for a major electronics manufacturer in August 2014.

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