Intellectual Property Litigation Partner Edward G. Poplawski to Receive 2009 CLAY Award.LOS ANGELES Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. -- Edward G. Poplawski has been named a 2009 recipient of the California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Award (CLAY) by the publication. In its 13th year, the CLAY Award honors lawyers throughout California whose achievements had a significant impact in 2008 or whose work is expected to have such an effect in the coming years. The Award recipients will be featured in the March issue of California Lawyer.
Mr. Poplawski, who serves as head of the firm's West Coast Intellectual Property and Technology Practice, is global co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation An action brought in court to enforce a particular right. The act or process of bringing a lawsuit in and of itself; a judicial contest; any dispute.
When a person begins a civil lawsuit, the person enters into a process called litigation. practice and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He was recognized for leading a trial team to victory in the high-profile case Cornell University and Cornell Research Foundation, Inc. v. Hewlett Packard Co. in which Sidley represented Cornell University and its subsidiary, Cornell Research Foundation (CRF CRF
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CRF Chronic renal failure ). Mr. Poplawski led the team that won a $184.1 million jury award last May against Hewlett-Packard (HP) for patent infringement patent infringement n. the manufacture and/or use of an invention or improvement for which someone else owns a patent issued by the government, without obtaining permission of the owner of the patent by contract, license or waiver. .
"I am deeply honored to receive this distinguished award for a case that has made a significant impact in the world of intellectual property, and grateful to my fellow team members who worked so hard with me for over six and a half years," said Mr. Poplawski. "I extend a hearty congratulations to all of the other recipients of this award for their achievements in their respective fields."
The complex case, which began in December 2001, involved a patent on a computer processor architecture which greatly boosts computer speed. Cornell and CRF charged HP with infringement arising out of the sale of billions of dollars worth of "heavy lifting" servers embodying the accused microprocessors. The case encompassed nearly every type of defense that can arise in a patent trial, including laches A defense to an equitable action, that bars recovery by the plaintiff because of the plaintiff's undue delay in seeking relief.
Laches is a defense to a proceeding in which a plaintiff seeks equitable relief. , patent exhaustion and implied license, and complicated damages issues.
"This is a well-deserved recognition of Ed's talents as a patent litigator lit·i·gate
v. lit·i·gat·ed, lit·i·gat·ing, lit·i·gates
To contest in legal proceedings.
To engage in legal proceedings. . He has been instrumental in building our California IP team as well as a great leader of our global practice," said Charles W. Douglas, chair of the firm's Management Committee. "We are very pleased that the California Lawyer has bestowed this award on Ed."
For over 23 years, Mr. Poplawski has devoted his practice exclusively to intellectual property with primary emphasis on complex, high stakes patent litigation encompassing a wide technological spectrum from electronics to biotechnology and software. Both national and international surveys of companies and lawyers have consistently identified him as one of the top intellectual property lawyers in California and the United States. He has been recognized as a Distinguished AIPLA AIPLA American Intellectual Property Law Association (American Intellectual Property Law Association Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) is a national bar association that was formed in 1897 to improve intellectual property laws and educate the public about such issues. ) Fellow which is an honor given to a select group of top IP lawyers across the Country and is a past president of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA) and a former AIPLA Board of Director. He chairs PLI's annual institute on patent litigation and has published widely recognized articles on a variety of patent litigation and other intellectual property topics.
Sidley's global Intellectual Property Litigation practice provides a full range of litigation in the fields of patents, trade secret and unfair competition, false advertising, copyright and theft of idea and trademark litigation. Sidley's West Coast offices are particularly active in this area, with approximately 40 IP litigators in the firm's Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.
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