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It's a reunion of sorts for San Diego patent litigator Stephen Korniczky, who re-teams with some former colleagues at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.

The former global IP chair at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker joined Sheppard Mullin Tuesday as co-chair of the firm's 70-attorney intellectual property practice group.

Korniczky will work alongside current co-chairs Daniel Yannuzzi and Carlo Van den Bosch. Korniczky and Yannuzzi were colleagues at Lyon & Lyon.

"Danny and I have tried to recruit each other for years," Korniczky said. "We have a mutual respect for each other, and our backgrounds are very complementary. We both have expertise in mobile communications and semiconductors.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to help further grow Sheppard's IP practice."

Korniczky also worked with several of Sheppard Mullin's corporate partners at Brobeck, Phelger & Harrison.

He most recently practiced at Paul Hastings, where he was a member of the firm's litigation steering committee. He served as chair of its global intellectual property practice group from 2005 to 2009, overseeing its growth from 25 to more than 100 IP attorneys.

"Steve is an excellent fit for us," said Sheppard Mullin chairman Guy N. Halgren. "His practice, firmly entrenched in the mobile communications, semiconductor, computer, consumer electronics, and entertainment industries, dovetails well with the firm's current client base and industry specialties, including synergies with our Asia and entertainment practices."

Korniczky focuses his practice on patent litigation and strategic IP counseling. He has litigated more than 100 patent disputes in his 23-year career and has a particular expertise handling large, multi-patent infringement actions throughout the United States.

Korniczky's representative litigation clients include Samsung, HTC Corp., Kyocera Wireless, SMIC, MediaTek and ESPN.

He looks forward to the opportunity he has at his new firm.

"They've got a strong and diverse full-service IP practice with a deep bench of attorneys with high-tech backgrounds," Korniczky said.

"I am also impressed with the growth of the firm's IP practice in recent years, its antitrust litigation capabilities, and its collegial culture that embraces entrepreneurship," he added.

Korniczky recently represented defendants, Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. and Samsung SDI America Inc., in a patent infringement action filed by Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON), against the LCD industry. Eighty-five percent of the manufacturing industry paid to license the patent-in-suit. On the eve of trial, however, Korniczky successfully invalidated the patent when the judge granted his motion for summary judgment.

Korniczky also successfully resolved a two-year patent infringement action brought by his client, MediaTek Inc., a Taiwan-based fabless IC company, against a large Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer. The dispute, valued at several hundred million dollars, involved three patents covering integrated chipset solutions for compressing video and audio data in cameras, DVDs and televisions.

"Steve has a long history of success handling high-stakes patent lawsuits," Yannuzzi said. "We have worked together over the years, initially at our former law firm Lyon & Lyon. Later, when I was general counsel for a multi-national semiconductor company, I retained Steve to handle our most important 'bet-your-company' patent litigation matters. I know from experience that Steve's commitment and drive for success are unparalleled."

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