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Shin and Haslam Named Top IP Lawyers in California

April 11, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, April 11, 2014 — Covington & Burling partners Robert Haslam and Clara Shin were named to the Daily Journal’s annual list of “Top Intellectual Property Attorneys” in California. The list recognizes 75 litigators and 25 patent managers and patent prosecutors from around the state.

Ms. Shin was recognized for work representing clothing company World Marketing Inc. in its trademark battle with apparel giant Quiksilver Inc. Last July, Ms. Shin convinced a federal jury in Santa Ana, California that Quiksilver’s VSTR line infringed World Marketing’s longstanding federally registered “VISITOR” mark. The jury found for World Marketing on all grounds and awarded punitive damages for Quiksilver’s willful infringement. Ultimately the court issued a permanent injunction barring Quiksilver from using VSTR, VISITOR or any other “deceptively similar” mark in connection with clothing and awarded more than $1.8 million in attorneys’ fees to the Covington team.

Mr. Haslam was recognized for his work representing Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. in two International Trade Commission investigations and parallel litigations in Delaware federal court. InterDigital Communications Inc. accused Huawei’s cell phones, tablets, modems and other wireless user devices of infringing patents on various aspects of the communication between a wireless device and its network. Last June, an administrative law judge found no infringement; Mr. Haslam also resolved all disputes between the parties in the second ITC and companion district court proceeding.

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