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K.T. (Sunny) Cherian is a leading intellectual property lawyer and Co-Head of the U.S. Intellectual Property Practice of Hogan Lovells. His practice focuses on complex patent litigation and licensing covering a wide range of technologies. He has been lead and co-lead trial counsel in dozens of complex patent cases, has successfully argued appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and has represented clients before the International Trade Commission under Section 337. Sunny has been consistently named as a “Northern California Super Lawyer" in area of Intellectual Property Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2004.
Sunny has handled numerous cases in the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of California, Delaware, Virginia, Michigan, and other jurisdiction throughout the United States. He has represented his clients in all aspects of patent litigation, including trials, Markman hearings, motions for summary judgment, depositions, and other appearances. He has also assisted clients in all aspects of licensing including the negotiation drafting and resolution of disputes. Most recently Sunny and his team prevailed in a motion for summary judgment granting non-infringement of 16 claims in multi-patent action involving Radio Frequency Identification technology. He was also successful in eliminating another three patents from being asserted against the same client. He is currently assisting a client in a contractual dispute arising out of an agreement involving patents.
Sunny has tackled dozens of complex patent litigations involving a variety of technologies such as electronics, integrated circuits, networking, software, analogue circuits, and mechanical devices. By utilizing a combination of legal, technical, and team-building skills, Sunny is able to provide his clients with a motivated and talented team that works collegially in obtaining cost-effective results. As a result of his technology experience, he is able to assist clients, on a cost-effective basis, on licensing and other contractual disputes that have technology related underpinnings.
Prior to his legal career, Sunny was involved in managing an advanced Research and Development Program in the U.S. Department of Energy and was the Project Manager for the world's then largest solar electric plant, the 10MWe Solar One Power Plant.
Prior to joining Hogan Lovells US LLP, Sunny was a partner at Howrey LLP.
- Allflex USA, Inc. v. Avid Identification Systems, Inc., U.S. District Court Central District of California. Successfully represented a client in the Radio Frequency Identification technology field in defending against five patents.*
- Berkeley Heartlab, Inc. v. the Regents of the University of California. Represented defendant in litigation involving biotech contract and patent licensing litigation; the claim was dismissed on very favorable terms.*
- Network-1 Security Solutions Inc. v. Cisco Systems, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Div. Successfully represented Brocade Communication in a patent case brought by Network One. Case settled on favorable terms shortly before trial was concluded.*
- O2 Micro Litigation. Represented O2 Micro in multiple patent infringement actions against a number of defendants in the Eastern District of Texas, Northern District of California and the International Trade Commission.*
- Micron Semiconductor, Inc. v. Hyundai, et al. Represented a respondent in a patent infringement action involving anisotropic plasma etching of semiconductors. The trial spanned four weeks, during which officials from many Silicon Valley companies appeared to testify in Hyundai's case-in-chief. The matter was settled prior to a written decision from the administrative law judge.*
- ASM America, Inc., and ASM International N.V., v. Applied Materials, Inc. Represented plaintiffs in a multi patent infringement action regarding semiconductors in the Eastern District of Texas; settled on favorable terms.*
- Intel Corporation v. Hyundai Electronic Industries Co., Ltd. and Hyundai Electronics America, Inc. Represented defendants in a patent infringement action relating to semiconductor manufacturing technology.*
- Alcatel v. Foundry Networks, Inc., U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Represented Foundry Networks, Inc., in a counterclaim against Alcatel asserting a patent against Network VOIP platforms. Case settled on favorable terms.*
- Lucent Technologies, Inc., v. Foundry Networks, Inc., U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware and Foundry Networks, Inc., v. Lucent Technologies, Inc., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Represented Foundry Networks, Inc., in a four patent litigation matter involving networking patents. Represented Foundry in a separate matter against Lucent in Texas asserting a patent against Lucent VOIP platforms. Lucent agreed to settle the matter on highly favorable terms to Foundry.*
- Tinkers & Chance v. LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Represented defendant in a suit for patent infringement related to electronic educational toys. Achieved settlement extremely favorable to client.*
- BridgeLux, Inc. v. Cree, Inc. and Cree, Inc. and Trustees, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Successfully represented BridgeLux, Inc., a leading Silicon Valley high power light emitting diode (LED) company, in a series of patent infringement cases against competitor Cree, Inc. involving five LED patents. Obtained favorable confidential settlement as a result of successful strategy involving declaratory judgment actions and Markman claim construction of patents-in-suit.*
*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells US LLP.