Massachusetts Fellow William F. Lee of WilmerHale’s Boston office achieved a significant trial victory for Intel Corporation in a $2 billion patent infringement suit brought by AVM Technologies. The six-day jury trial held in the US District Court of Delaware before Judge Richard Andrews resulted in a finding of no infringement on all eight asserted claims.
The case, AVM Technologies, LLC v. Intel Corporation, was filed by AVM in January 2015—it was the second lawsuit that AVM filed against Intel concerning the same microprocessor circuit patent. In a significant pre-trial action one week before trial, the court granted Intel's Daubert motion to exclude AVM's expert testimony on damages.
The WilmerHale team representing Intel was led by Mr. Lee and Joseph Mueller, and included Partners Lauren Fletcher, Jordan Hirsch, David Marcus, Bill McElwain, Jim Quarles and Todd Zubler; Counsel Brittany Amadi, Kevin Goldman and Matthew Leary; Senior Associates Sarah Frazier and Michaela Sewall; and Associate Steven Horn.
Mr. Lee is a leading intellectual property litigator who has represented a variety of technology-focused clients for more than 35 years. Mr. Lee has tried more than 200 cases to verdict and argued more than 75 cases to the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit and other appellate courts. Those cases have included some of the highest profile patent cases of the last decade. He also has been a member of the faculty at Harvard Law School for more than 10 years.
He continues to concentrate his practice primarily on intellectual property and commercial litigation. His trial and appellate experience is extensive. Mr. Lee has tried more than 200 patent cases, both jury and jury waived, to judgment and argued more than 75 appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other Courts of Appeals. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' 2017 Member Class and named the 2017 Massachusetts Outstanding IP Litigator by Managing IP, a 2016 Intellectual Property Trailblazer & Pioneer by The National Law Journal, the 2014 and 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" for litigation/patent by Best Lawyers in America®, the 2014 Distinguished Law Firm Leader by The American Lawyer, and was one of eight finalists selected by The American Lawyer as "Litigator of the Year" in 2012.
Mr. Lee has acted as lead trial counsel for Apple Inc. in the "smart phone war" litigations and in several cases between Broadcom and Qualcomm; and in a number of other federal court cases involving genetically engineered products, laser optics, video compression, cellular communications, remote data storage, secure Internet communications, pharmaceutical products, high-speed chromatography and medical devices. From July 1987 through June 1989, Mr. Lee served as associate counsel to Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh in the Iran-Contra investigation. In that capacity, Mr. Lee was responsible for certain portions of the grand jury investigation and resulting indictments. Mr. Lee is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.