Corporate Counsel has ranked two Orrick intellectual property matters among its "10 Biggest IP Litigation Wins of 2011." Apple’s victory at the International Trade Commission against S3 Graphics, one of the key smartphone patent cases, made the No. 1 spot, and MGA’s victory against Mattel in the Bratz doll case made No. 7.
In describing why Apple’s victory against S3G was so important, the magazine noted that “a court order forcing a manufacturer to sit out a product cycle can be devastating. That's part of the reason the International Trade Commission has become a red-hot forum for smartphone patent disputes. . . . Apple and its outside lawyers at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe scored a major defense win in one of the first smartphone disputes on the ITC's docket.”
Corporate Counsel also selected the MGA Entertainment, Inc. case in the long-running Bratz dolls dispute with Mattel, for the No. 7 spot, calling the win “a stunning reversal.” When Orrick joined the litigation, MGA faced an injunction, the loss of its rights in the Bratz doll line, and a $100 million jury verdict. With Orrick’s assistance, MGA was able to completely reverse the losses, in the end securing its rights to the Bratz dolls, defeating all of Mattel's claims, and winning a judgment of over $300 million, including $85 million in punitive damages, against adversary Mattel.