|McKool Smith Attorney Samuel Baxter quoted in The Wall Street Journal article |
Apple-Samsung Patent War Pits Two Legal Stars
|August 3, 2012 11:58 pm|
The Wall Street Journal:
SAN JOSE, Calif.—As Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. dig in for weeks of jostling in a federal courtroom here, the contrasting personalities and tactics of their head lawyers are adding to the drama.
On one side is 65-year-old veteran Harold McElhinny, who represents Apple and came of age well before the dot-com boom. He has been involved in a number of high-stakes intellectual property cases, including Fujitsu Ltd.'s fight against International Business Machines Inc. in the 1990s and Pioneer Corp.'s battle against Samsung's television subsidiary in the past decade.
Defending Samsung is 49-year-old Charles Verhoeven, an Iowa native who is soft-spoken and intense. He gravitated to patent cases in the mid- 1990s as an associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, where he is a partner.
When the two were both representing Pioneer—which sued Samsung over plasma TVs in 2006—he said Mr. McElhinny ruthlessly hammered on the importance of one key piece of evidence—which he described as an email between Samsung employees expressing concern they were violating a Pioneer patent. A jury awarded Pioneer $56 million in damages in 2008.
"It was pretty masterful how he got every witness to talk about the email," Mr. Baxter said. Mr. McElhinny is an incredibly hard worker, he added, constantly fretting about being prepared. "He will wear you out every night worrying," he said.
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