HOUSTON, June 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 24, 2012, a Houston jury in federal district court returned a unanimous verdict that Sutton McAughan Deaver's client Upper Deck does not infringe U.S. Patent No. Re. 38,044 (the '044 Patent) owned by Legends Inc. covering a "Method for Deterring Forgeries and Authenticating Signatures." Legends filed suit claiming that Upper Deck willfully infringed the '044 Patent and sought $4,000,000 in damages and additional punitive damages. After a three-day trial, the jury returned its unanimous verdict that Upper Deck's authenticity certification process did not infringe the '044 Patent. Al Deaver, managing partner of Sutton McAughan Deaver, PLLC, had this to say about the verdict: "We know that our client, Upper Deck Co., LLC is very pleased with this verdict and are very proud of Tanya Chaney and Jeff Andrews for their exceptional trial work. We view this result as a reflection of SMD's overall experience, efficiency and effectiveness. The firm has tremendous intellectual property legal talent, as exemplified by Tanya and Jeff, and we are dedicated to using our team to achieve the best possible results for our clients."
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Sutton McAughan Deaver PLLC is a team of internationally-experienced, efficient, and effective intellectual property lawyers. We have over a century of combined experience pursuing our clients' best interests from the courtroom to the boardroom, and have successfully obtained, evaluated, enforced, and challenged IP rights throughout the United States and around the world for our clients. Our long history of successful case settlements, verdicts, and judgments speaks for itself. Our effectiveness is reflected in the results our lawyers have achieved for our clients, including Baker Hughes Incorporated, Core Laboratories, Inc., ION Geophysical Corp., Emerson Electric Co., United Continental Holdings, Inc. (previously Continental Airlines), General Electric Company, Riviana Foods (a subsidiary of Ebra Foods, S.A.), Royal Dutch Shell, PLC, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas United Chemical Co., Imperial Sugar Company, Labyrinth Bio, Inc., R360 Environmental Solutions, Inc., Tribocor Technologies, Lufkin Industries and many others. Our highly-skilled and experienced staff focuses on achieving our clients' business objectives with the most efficient, effective, and timely IP solutions possible.
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