June 04, 2015

The National Law Journal has named Jenner & Block to its 2015 “Intellectual Property Hot List,” one of only 15 firms in the United States receiving this honor.  Drawn from both reader suggestions and the editorial staff’s own research, the Hot List names firms that “accomplish great things in the realm of intellectual property law.”

In its profile of the firm, The NLJ notes our precedent-setting US Supreme Court victory over online streaming service Aereo, Inc., on behalf of clients including Fox Television Stations, Univision Television Group Inc. and the Public Broadcasting Service.  The Court ruled that Aereo had violated copyright law by retransmitting over-the-air television programming without broadcaster authorization.  Partner Richard L. Stone, co-chair of the Content, Media and Entertainment Practice, is quoted saying that “the Supreme Court victory saved the industry tens of billions of dollars and prevented what could have been a radical transformation of the industry.”  Noting that “the future of broadcasting television was at stake,” a broadcasting client is quoted describing the firm as “very powerful advocates and tenacious litigators who leave no stone unturned.”

The NLJ also recognizes the firm for the following matters:

  • Securing a $48 million verdict for EMI Recorded Music against MP3tunes Inc. in the first jury trial to test the theory that “willful blindness” to online copyright infringement will bar an Internet service provider from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's safe harbor.
  • Winning a complete defense victory for Duroc LLC when an Iowa jury ruled the farm equipment manufacturer did not infringe Deere & Co.'s patent covering rotary cutters and that the patent was invalid. Deere sought more than $100 million in enhanced damages.
  • Winning a summary-judgment motion for music industry titans including Sony Music Entertainment that forced a $50 million settlement.