Law360 recognized Shareholder Eric Buresh among its 2022 “MVPs of the Year,” a designation for “attorneys who have distinguished themselves from their peers over the past year through high-stakes litigation, record-breaking deals, and complex global matters.”
More than 900 lawyers were nominated; Buresh was one of just five in the entire country to be named an “MVP” in intellectual property.
These two trials are the latest in a string of victories for Buresh in the Eastern District of Texas, where he is now four-for-four with defense verdicts since 2019.
Following is an excerpt of Buresh’s profile in Law360; the full article is available here.
Buresh was part of the legal team representing Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC in a lawsuit alleging that its PlayStation console and Spider-Man and Gears of War video games infringed developers Infernal Technology LLC and Terminal Reality Inc.’s patented light rendering technology.
A Texas federal jury had determined that the PlayStation console and games did not infringe the patents, also finding that the patents cover technology that is “well-understood, routine and conventional,” the first step in proving that the patents are invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling.
In January, the game developers filed a motion for a new trial, but the district judge refused the request in March, holding that the developers’ attempt to “un-do” the verdict fell flat because it contested the jury’s interpretation of a term that they’d previously agreed to.
Buresh also helped NetScout Systems in Longhorn HD’s lawsuit alleging that NetScout’s software products infringed a patent covering a cybersecurity tool. The case was the first of numerous patent infringement suits that Longhorn, a patent-holding company, brought against various tech companies. In April, a jury sided with NetScout and found that it did not infringe the patent.
“I think just having them very close to back-to-back was a really big accomplishment, and the two defense verdicts were pretty big for us,” Buresh said.