Jenner & Block

Jenner & Block Wins Federal Circuit Victory for American Power Conversion Corp.

Jenner & Block won a victory for client American Power Conversion Corp. (APC) when the Federal Circuit tossed a Nevada federal jury’s $10.8 million patent infringement verdict.  At issue was a patent for a power strip used to regulate power flowing to computer servers in data centers.  Server Technology Inc. had alleged that APC’s products infringed the asserted claims of the patents.   APC argued that it would have been obvious for an ordinarily skilled artisan to have combined pre-existing strips with prior art that included digital displays for power flow.  On September 23, 2016, the appellate panel held that the lower court erred in how it construed a claim term.  News of the Federal Circuit’s decision was reported in Law360.  In August, Law360 named the firm among those that were “dominating” the Federal Circuit in the first half of 2016.  Law360 highlighted the firm’s “impressive winning streak,” with, at the time, six wins and no losses.  The team representing APC included Managing Partner Terrence J. Truax, Partners Reginald J. Hill, Paul M. Smith and Adam G. Unikowsky and Associates Michael G. Babbitt and Peter H. Hanna.