Friday, March 17, 2006

Wiley Rein & Fielding big beneficiary of NTP/RIM settlement

According to Legal Times, more than 1/3 of the $612.5 million NTP/RIM settlement is going to the law firm of Wiley Rein & Fielding.

from Legal Times:

When NTP Inc. inked its $612.5 million settlement with Research in Motion Ltd. on March 3, lawyers at Wiley Rein & Fielding let out a collective sigh of relief. The deal, after all, was a victory for Wiley partner James Wallace, whose efforts helped end months of uncertainty over whether RIM's popular BlackBerry device would be shut down indefinitely.

Since 2001, Wallace and a crew of attorneys have shepherded NTP's patent infringement suit through multiple appeals and negotiations until the final round at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom's New York office earlier this month. Those efforts are about to bear some choice fruit.

Wiley is expected to reap more than one-third of the settlement in the case, which the firm took on contingency. The payout of more than $200 million plus expenses -- the largest single payout in the firm's 23-year history -- is more than Wiley's annual revenue.

"Everybody has taken great interest in this case," Wallace says. Every employee of the firm is expected to share some part of the profits, although the percentage will be weighed heavily toward the equity partners.

Wiley isn't the only firm with a significant stake in the case. Hunton & Williams handled the intellectual property work for NTP, although its hourly rate wasn't quite as remunerative as Wiley's share. RIM has cycled through a series of firms including Jones Day, then Howrey, and, in the past year, Howard Rice and McKenna, Long & Aldridge.

[IPBiz post 1346]


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