Jason Zucchi had just begun practicing in 2007 when he started working on a team representing a small family-owned firm in a patent infringement case against several large competitors.
So, some nine years later, winning a favorable opinion in June from the U.S. Supreme Court in Halo Electronics v. Pulse Electronics was particularly satisfying.
“It feels good to finally have what we think to be the right resolution,” said Zucchi, a principal at the Minneapolis office of Fish & Richardson, the country’s largest intellectual property firm.
The Supreme Court opinion changed the test for willful patent violation, and the case has been remanded to determine whether Halo will receive enhanced damages under the Supreme Court’s new test, Zucchi said.
Zucchi enjoys the challenge of making complex subjects such as GPS and mobile app technology understandable to jurors and judges in both high-stakes corporate litigation and in David and Goliath cases such as Halo.
“When they’re smaller companies or a small inventor it really personifies the client,” said Zucchi, a University of Minnesota Law School graduate. “Representing big companies … you work just as hard and it’s just as good, but when you have these smaller clients, everything matters.”