Trent Webb is the head of Shook’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group and practices exclusively in the area of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret litigation. He has been lead trial counsel in more than 100 intellectual property cases and manages a practice group of more than 60 attorneys. He has successfully litigated and tried cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants throughout the country involving a wide range of technologies.

Going to trial in a complex intellectual property case can be extremely expensive for a company and stressful for key employees and litigation decision makers. The unknowns presented by having a case decided by a lay jury only compound that stress. Further, the legal cost of taking a case all the way to a jury verdict can be shocking, even to the most sophisticated litigant. Therefore, clients should only hire attorneys with a proven track record of successfully and efficiently trying high risk intellectual property cases.

Trent and his talented team of trial lawyers have walked through the crucible of jury trials side-by-side with their clients and repeatedly come through victorious on the other side. Trent and his team pride themselves in litigation planning and developing a strategic roadmap through trial for their clients. This planning includes not only setting forth a path to victory but also establishing a clear budget to get there. This strategy keeps clients returning to the Shook IP Litigation Group time and again to handle their most important intellectual property cases.

Experienced intellectual property trial lawyers can be very expensive, and value-oriented patent “litigators” usually lack experience in trying cases to juries. But proven trial success and value are not mutually exclusive. In the current economic climate, clients should demand both from their intellectual property litigation counsel. Shook is uniquely positioned to provide its clients with demonstrated jury trial success and unmatched value.

Representative Matters

RLIS v. Cerner Corp. – Trent served as lead trial counsel for Cerner in a patent infringement action in the Southern District of Texas wherein RLIS, represented by Susman Godfrey and Leydig Voit, asserted two patents related to electronic medical records. After a two-week jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in Cerner’s favor on all issues, finding all asserted claims not infringed and invalid.
 
Sprint v. Comcast – Trent was lead trial counsel for Sprint in a patent infringement action in the District of Delaware wherein Sprint asserted two patents related to fiber optical SONET networks. Comcast was represented by Davis Polk and Winston Strawn. After a one-week jury trial, the jury returned a verdict in Sprint’s favor on all issues, finding all claims infringed by all accused networks and awarding Sprint $27.6 million, the full amount of damages requested by Sprint. The case is currently on appeal.

Sprint Commc'ns v. Vonage Holding – Trent also served as lead trial counsel for Sprint in a patent infringement action asserting a portfolio of voice over packet patents, resulting in the largest patent infringement jury verdict in Kansas history ($69.5 million) by proving willful infringement of all claims at issue. The jury also found that the infringement was willful.

Kellogg v. Nike – Trent was lead counsel for Nike in patent infringement litigation, and he obtained a defense verdict for his client following a jury trial.

Cerner Corp. v. Visicu, Inc. – Trent was lead counsel for Cerner in a declaratory judgment action involving patents relating to remote monitoring of intensive care units. He obtained a verdict for his client following a three-week jury trial, finding both asserted patents invalid and not infringed.

High Voltage Beverages v. Coca-Cola Co. – Trent obtained a jury verdict of non-infringement of trademark on behalf of Coca-Cola in a two-week jury trial in federal court in North Carolina. 

Gen. Elec. Co. v. Power Sys. Mfg. LLC – Trent was lead trial counsel for Power Systems Mfg. in a patent trial involving technology for emissions reducing components for industrial gas turbines brought by General Electric Company. He obtained a complete victory for his client on both patents, wherein one patent was found to be unenforceable and the other patent found not infringed.

Core Grp. LLC v. Sprint PCS – Trent served as lead trial counsel for Sprint in a copyright infringement action brought by an architectural firm relating to the design of retail stores located throughout the country. He obtained a finding of no infringement and implied license despite the opposing party seeking damages in excess of $100 million.

Monsanto v. DuPont Pioneer – Trent was lead counsel for DuPont Pioneer in a patent infringement case involving 16 patents related to seed sorting and laser chipping technology in the Eastern District of Missouri.

Elec. Power Grp. v. Alstom – Trent was lead counsel for Alstom in a patent infringement case in the Central District of California. His team prevailed on summary judgment, obtaining a finding that asserted the patent was invalid.

ConAgra v. Archer Daniels Midland – Trent served as lead counsel for ConAgra in a patent infringement case involving multiple patents relating to white whole wheat flour.

Ethox v. Coca-Cola Co. – Trent was lead counsel for Coca-Cola in a trade secret infringement case in South Carolina.

SimpleAir v. Microsoft – Trent served as lead counsel for Microsoft in a push notifications technology case in the Eastern District of Texas.

McDavid v. Nike – Trent was lead counsel for Nike in a patent infringement case involving padded athletic apparel in the Northern District of Illinois.

Arczar v. Sony Comput. Entm't Am. – Trent was lead counsel in a patent infringement case involving video game technology in the Eastern District of Texas.

Planet Blue v. Sony Comput. Entm't Am. – Trent was lead counsel in a patent infringement case in the District of Delaware involving video game technology.

Sprint v. Comcast – Trent served as lead counsel for Sprint involving patent litigation involving 12 patents relating to voice over packet technology in the District Court of Kansas.

Sprint v. CableOne – Trent was lead counsel for Sprint in patent litigation involving 12 patents relating to voice over packet technology in the District Court of Kansas.

Sprint v. Time Warner – Trent was lead counsel for Sprint in patent litigation involving 12 patents relating to voice over packet technology in the District Court of Kansas.

Comcast v. Sprint – Trent served as lead trial counsel for Sprint in patent litigation involving five patents relating to telecommunications and video-on-demand technology in the District of Pennsylvania.

Sprint v. Cox Communications – Trent was lead trial counsel for Sprint in patent litigation involving 12 patents relating to voice over packet technology in the District Court of Delaware.

Garmin v. TomTom, Inc. – Trent was lead counsel for Garmin in two actions asserting navigation and global positioning patents.

Reebok v. Nike – Trent was lead counsel for Nike in a patent infringement case in the Eastern District of Texas involving shoe technology.

Walker Digital v. Activision – Trent was lead counsel for Activision in a patent case in the District of Delaware.

Digital Packet Licensing v. Sprint, et. al. – Trent served as lead counsel for Sprint in patent litigation involving speech compression technology.

Accent Packaging v. Leggett & Platt – Trent was lead counsel for Leggett in a patent infringement case filed in the Southern District of Texas.

Medical Monitoring v. Cerner – Trent was lead counsel for Cerner in a patent infringement case involving medical monitoring technology.

Rider v. Garmin – Trent served as lead counsel for Garmin in a trade secret case.

BMG v. Gonzalez – Trent successfully represented the recording industry in the first-ever appellate case involving claims of copyright infringement against infringers using peer-to-peer systems.

Sprint v. NuVox Communications – Trent successfully represented Sprint in a patent infringement action involving VoIP technology.

Realtime v. Sprint, Clearwire – Trent was lead counsel for Sprint and Clearwire in a telecommunications patent case in the Eastern District of Texas.

Sprint v. Paetec – Trent successfully represented Sprint in a patent infringement action involving VoIP technology.

Sprint v. Big River Communications – Trent successfully represented Sprint in a patent infringement action involving VoIP technology.

Hochstein v. Sony Computer Entertainment America – Trent was lead counsel for Sony Computer in patent infringement litigation involving multiple patents relating to online video-game technology.

Stryker Medical v. Monster Medic – Trent served as lead counsel for Stryker in a patent infringement matter in the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Tanel v. Nike – Trent was lead counsel for Nike in trademark infringement action in Oregon.

Marshall Packaging v. Coca-Cola Co. – Trent was lead counsel for the Coca-Cola Company in a patent infringement action in the Eastern District of Texas.

Nalco v. Alstom – Trent served as lead counsel for Alstom in a patent infringement action relating to mercury emissions reduction technology.

SP Techs. v. Garmin – Trent was lead counsel for Garmin in a patent infringement case involving navigation technology.

Wall Wireless v. Sony Comput. Entm't Am. – Trent served as lead counsel for SCEA in a patent infringement case in the Eastern District of Texas.

Uniloc v. Activision Blizzard – Trent was lead counsel for Activision Blizzard in a patent case dealing with product activation technology in the Eastern District of Texas.

Document Generation v. Cerner – Trent was lead counsel for Cerner in two patent infringement cases relating to electronic medical records.

E-Data Corp. v. Hallmark Cards Inc. – Trent successfully represented Hallmark in patent infringement litigation relating to a patent involving systems for reproducing data at remote points of sale.

NISTAC v. Ford – Trent served as lead counsel for Ford in a patent infringement action in the Eastern District of Texas relating to piston coating technology.

C2 v. Sprint Nextel - Trent was lead counsel for Sprint in patent litigation in the Eastern District of Texas involving transport interface technology.

First Media v. Sony Comput. Entm't Am. – Trent was lead counsel for SCEA in a patent infringement action in Nevada regarding gaming technology.

PNI Corp. v. Garmin, Inc. – Trent successfully represented Garmin in patent infringement litigation relating to electronic compass technology.

Child Protect v. Virgin Mobile – Trent was lead counsel for Virgin Mobile in a patent case relating to location-based services technology in the Eastern District of Texas.

Billingnetwork, Inc. v. Vitalworks – Trent served as lead counsel for the defendant in connection with patent litigation relating to health care electronic billing technology.

PalmTop Prods., Inc. v. Six Flags, Inc. – Trent was lead counsel for PalmTop in patent infringement litigation involving virtual queuing technology resulting in a significant settlement for his clients.

Hallmark Cards Inc. v. Dollar General Inc. – Trent successfully represented Hallmark in copyright infringement litigation involving multiple gift bag designs and artwork.

Webmap v. Nike – Trent was lead counsel for Nike in a patent case in the Eastern District of Texas.

Trinity Indus., Inc. v. Interstate Steel Corp. – Trent successfully represented Interstate Steel Corporation in patent litigation involving multiple patents concerning highway safety devices and processes in which damages in excess of $80 million were sought.

Brumley Co. v. Sony Music Entm't, Inc. – Trent successfully represented Sony Music Entertainment and musical group the Dixie Chicks in connection with claims of copyright infringement involving one of the most successful CDs in country music history.

Frosty Treats, Inc. v. Sony Comput. Entm't Am., Inc. – Trent successfully represented Sony Computer Entertainment America in trademark, trade dress and defamation claims concerning multiple Playstation video games.

Freeman v. The First Years, Inc. – Trent represented multiple plaintiffs in patent infringement litigation involving child care products, resulting in a seven-figure settlement for his clients.

Phontel Commc'ns, Inc. v. Southwestern Bell Telecommc'ns, Inc. – Trent successfully represented Southwestern Bell in patent infringement litigation involving multiple patents concerning telecommunications technology.

Coulter, Inc. v. Hematronix, Inc. – Trent successfully represented Hematronix in patent infringement litigation involving multiple patents concerning hematology reagents and instrumentation and antitrust claims.

Marshalltown v. Lowe Home Ctrs. – Trent successfully represented Marshalltown in patent infringement litigation involving multiple patents relating to tool technology.