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  • SD’s Sardaryan Profiled in 2019 SoCal “Rising Stars” Publication

    Firm associate Mane Sardaryan’s childhood journey from Armenia to America is chronicled in the new edition of Southern California Rising Stars 2019, published by Super Lawyers. Ms. Sardaryan came to the U.S. at age 8 with any English language skills. But with the help of I Love Lucy reruns and the novels of Charles Dickens she developed her English skills, becoming a member of a national champion civil trial team at Pepperdine School of Law and now an accomplished trial litigator. Read more of her inspiring story here.

  • Spires Writes About Adapting To Networking Demands for Lawyer Moms
  • Spires, Udick Named to Texas Rising Stars List

    The firm is pleased to announce that Sarah E. Spires and Steve Udick have been named to the 2019 list of Texas Rising Stars.
    This marks the fourth consecutive year Ms. Spires has been recognized, and the first time on the list for Mr. Udick. Texas Rising Stars ranks the state’s top lawyers who are under the age of 40 or who have been practicing law for no more than 10 years, based on nominations from other lawyers across Texas and an extensive review by the publication’s editors.
    Ms. Spires focuses her practice on patent infringement litigation and intellectual property transactions, particularly in the life science and biotechnology areas. She has successfully tried multiple cases to verdict in jury trials, bench trials and arbitration proceedings involving pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, computer software, semiconductors, LCD technology and telecommunications devices.
    Mr. Udick represents clients in complex commercial and IP litigation, with a particular focus on patent, trade secret, and appellate law. His litigation experience involves a diverse group of public and privately-held companies, including clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, computer hardware and software, and financial investment industries.
    The complete 2019 Texas Rising Stars listing will appear in the April issues of Texas Monthly and Texas Rising Stars magazines.

  • SD Partner Sarah Spires Quoted in Inc. Magazine on Loggerhead Tools Litigation

    As part of a series highlighting the imagination, diversity, and resilience of American enterprise, Inc. Magazine profiled Skiermont Derby client Dan Brown of Loggerhead Tools. SD partner Sarah Spires is quoted in the article, which details the protracted patent infringement lawsuit Loggerhead brought against Sears and its vendor, Apex Tool Group. In May of 2017, an Illinois jury returned a $6 million verdict for Mr. Brown, which was later overturned by the district court. That ruling is now pending appeal. Read the entire Inc. Magazine article here.

  • Skiermont Quoted in Texas Lawbook on Patent Litigation Trends

    The firm’s Paul Skiermont is quoted in a Texas Lawbook article that documents the decline of patent lawsuits filed in the Eastern District of Texas, and a corresponding rise in such litigation in the Northern District of Texas. Mr. Skiermont and other attorneys interviewed for the article agree that this trend is the direct result of a series of U.S. Supreme Court decisions and federal legislation during the past four years that restrict the jurisdictions where even legitimate patent disputes can be filed. “If Delaware is viewed as a black hole where patent cases languish, lawyers will get creative to avoid the backlog and we will see renewed efforts to expand venue,” he says in the article. “I think the judges in the Eastern District are taking a more expansive view of what physical presence means. Some of those views have been reversed and some have been upheld.” To read the entire article (password protected) go to

  • Federal Court of Appeals Upholds Inventor’s Rights in Infringement Claim

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied an effort by HP Inc. to compel a rehearing of arguments that overturned an earlier court ruling that favored the computer giant regarding patent eligibility. The Court affirmed that the plaintiff’s claims raised factual questions about patent eligibility and as a result must follow normal procedural rules.

    The firm’s Paul Skiermont serves as co-counsel for inventor Steven E. Berkheimer, who claims that HP violated his patent on digital file archiving. A district judge found that the patent covered only abstract ideas and did not meet the federal courts’ Alice standard, granting summary judgment to HP. Berkheimer appealed that ruling to the Federal Circuit, which found that there were legitimate, factual questions about the patent’s validity that warranted further consideration.

    Read more about the ruling here.

  • Spires Named to Texas Rising Stars List
  • Packet Intelligence Wins $6M IP Verdict Against NetScout – Law360
  • Sears ripped off local tool maker, jury rules
  • LoggerHead Tools Wins $5.9 Million Verdict in Patent Infringement Battle Against Sears Holdings Corp., Apex Tool Group
  • Skiermont Derby Attorneys Named Among Southern California’s Best
  • Plaintiffs in Pacquiao-Mayweather PPV Multi District Litigation, Represented by Skiermont Derby, See Early Victory
  • Skiermont Derby Obtains Appellate Reversal Of Anti-SLAPP Denial
  • Skiermont Derby Scores Another Ninth Circuit Win
  • Skiermont Derby Wins Complete 9th Circuit Reversal
  • Skiermont Derby Persuades PTAB to Cancel All Challenged Claims in Win vs. Celgene, Jones Day & Quinn Emmanuel
  • Skiermont Derby Promotes One Partner, Hires Two Others
  • Dallas’ Skiermont Derby Named One of Nation’s Top Patent Litigation Firms
  • Siri Lawsuit Costs Apple $25 Million
  • Apple to Pay $25M to Settle Siri Patent Suit Ahead of Trial
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