Fiona’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on complex patent litigation. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex multipatent lawsuits and has worked on all aspects of patent litigation, from the development of initial case strategies through trial and appeal. Fiona uses her degree in electrical engineering to understand the intricacies of her clients’ products, which often involve computer software, computer hardware and telecommunication technologies.
Fiona’s work has frequently resulted in favorable settlements prior to trial and jury trials resulting in successful verdicts. Representative patent infringement cases involving jury trials include technologies involving:
- VoIP technology, resulting in a finding of willful infringement and a jury award of $139.8 million against Time Warner Cable, the largest-ever patent verdict in the State of Kansas (Sprint v. Time Warner Cable, D. Kan.);
- electronic medical record technology, resulting in a jury verdict of non-infringement and invalidity on all asserted claims (RLIS v. Cerner, S.D. Tex.); and
- telecommunications hardware, resulting in a $23 million jury verdict against Samsung, along with favorable settlements from other defendants resulting in licensing fees approaching $70 million (Fractus v. Samsung Electronics, E.D. Tex.).
In addition to her litigation experience, Fiona has advised clients on patent licensing and sales and provided freedom-to-operate, non-infringement and invalidity opinions. She has also handled multiple inter partes reexaminations as well as an inter partes review.
Before joining the legal profession, Fiona worked as a dancer and choreographer, performing with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Robert Moses's KIN and Psophonia Dance Company.
Presentations and Publications
Venue Update, Center for American and International Law Institute for Law and Technology, 57th Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, Plano, Texas, November 12, 2019.
Extraterritoriality Issues and Impact on Patent Law, Houston Intellectual Property Law Association and University of Houston Law Center Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law 35th Annual Fall Institute on Intellectual Property Law, Galveston, Texas, September 28, 2019 (with Tanya Chaney).
Extraterritoriality Issues and Impact on Patent Law, Shook IP Patent Rodeo Roundup CLE, Houston, Texas, February 21, 2019 (with Tanya Chaney).
TC Heartland Update, Center for American and International Law Institute for Law and Technology, 56th Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law, Plano, Texas, November 12, 2018.
Recent Changes to the Patent Litigation Landscape and Predictions for the Future, Association of Corporate Counsel - Houston Chapter, the Woodlands Meeting, June 27, 2018 (with Rob Reckers).
Recent Changes to the Patent Litigation Landscape and Predictions for the Future, Association of Corporate Counsel - Houston Chapter, Galleria Meeting, June 12, 2018 (with Rob Reckers).
Basics of Intellectual Property Law For Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Northwest Houston Subsection, April 26, 2018 (with Michael Gray and Kyle Friesen).
Patent Venue: The State of the Law a Year After the Dramatic Changes Introduced by TC Heartland, IPQ: Enhancing Your IP IQ, March 2018 (with Rob Reckers).
Determining Venue in the Wake of TC Heartland, Houston Bar Association, CLE, February 16, 2018 (with Tanya Chaney).
Patent War on Two Fronts, Update of the Law CLE, Kansas City, Missouri, June 22, 2017 (with Tanya Chaney and Colman McCarthy).