Akin Gump Wins Trade Secret Case for Plaintiff in Eastern District of Texas

(Longview, Texas) – A team of intellectual property lawyers at Akin Gump has won a trade secret case in the Eastern District of Texas against the medical device manufacturer Globus Medical.

Dr. Sabatino Bianco, an Arlington, Texas-based neurosurgeon, had sued Globus for misappropriation of trade secrets arising from Globus’s misuse of Dr. Bianco’s confidential information and product designs. The jury agreed and awarded more than $4 million in past damages, with future damages to be determined by the court at a later date.

The Akin Gump trial team, which spanned six of the firm’s offices, was led by intellectual property practice head Steve Zager. It was the second successful jury trial for him in the Eastern District in the past three months; in late 2013, Zager secured a defense verdict for Zynga in a patent suit. Zager was joined in this case by IP partner Chad Everingham, a former Eastern District judge making his first return in a trial to his former courtroom.

Other members of the trial team included partners Michael Simons and David Stein and counsel Emily Johnson. The group was assisted by senior counsel David Lawrence, and counsel Marwan Elrakabawy and Ifti Ahmed.

Founded in 1945, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP is a leading international law firm with more than 850 attorneys in offices throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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