Harmonic Prevails at Patent Trial

On February 4, 2014, after a two-week trial, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware returned a unanimous defense verdict in favor of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati client Harmonic, a leading provider of digital video infrastructure solutions.

The plaintiff, Avid Technology, had accused Harmonic of infringing two patents directed to digital media storage. Specifically, Avid alleged that Harmonic's MediaGrid system infringed U.S. Patent No. 6,760,808 and U.S. Patent No. 7,487,309. In addition, Avid sought claims of willful infringement, treble damages, and attorneys' fees from Harmonic. The jury, however, rejected the infringement allegations in their entirety, returning a verdict of no infringement on both Avid patents.

The Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati team that represented Harmonic in this matter included partners James Yoon and Stefani Shanberg; Of Counsel Ariana Chung-Han; associates Robin Brewer, Christopher Grewe, and Matt Sumida; trial manager Neal Furino; and paralegal Antonio Ramos. David Moore and Bindu Palapura of Potter Anderson Corroon LLP represented Harmonic as local counsel in Delaware.