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Covington Secures $21 Million Jury Trial Win for Elbit Systems in Patent Case

August 15, 2017

SILICON VALLEY—Covington secured a significant patent infringement victory on behalf of Elbit Systems Ltd. over its groundbreaking patent relating to high-speed satellite communications. 
A jury in the Unites States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas awarded Elbit Systems $21,075,000 in damages, exclusive of pre-judgment interest and post-verdict royalties, after finding the patent to be valid and infringed upon by Hughes Network Systems LLC.

Elbit Systems is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security, and commercial programs throughout the world. The patent, U.S. Patent No. 6,240,073, is owned by Elbit Systems subsidiary, Elbit Systems Land &C4I Ltd and exclusively licensed to Elbit Systems of America, LLC, both of whom were plaintiffs in the lawsuit.

Working with co-counsel at Ward, Smith & Hill, the Covington team was led by Kurt Calia and Ranganath Sudarshan and included Wallace Lee, Patrick Flynn, Raj Paul, Grant Johnson, Udit Sood, and Yale Fu. The Inter Partes Review team that defended the validity of the patent before the United States Patent and Trademark Office included Chris Eppich, Jay Alexander, Andrea Reister, and Greg Nieberg.

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