Hadrian Katz is a senior litigation partner, specializing in cases with high technology content, typically in unsettled areas of the law. He has been trying computer related cases since 1976, following a career as a mathematical physicist. Mr. Katz is experienced in issues relating to computer architecture and software, and has represented major computer companies and other high technology firms in a number of significant litigations involving technical computer standards, beginning with the plug compatible manufacturers' challenge to the IBM block multiplex channel FIPS in 1979, and including the challenge to the mandatory government UNIX specifications in 1987. He has also tried a number of patent and other intellectual property cases, typically relating to computer software. Mr. Katz is a frequent lecturer on computer and Internet related topics, including jurisdictional issues, electronic discovery, and the litigation of complex contract disputes.
Most recently, Mr. Katz has represented content owners in a number of closely-followed cases relating to the protection of intellectual property on the Internet. He served as lead trial counsel in UMG Recordings, Inc. v. MP3.com, Inc., obtaining for the recording company plaintiffs what is believed to be the largest statutory damages award ever received under the Copyright Act.
Intellectual Property Representative Matters
- Arista Records Inc. v. Launch Media, Inc. (counsel for copyright owner plaintiffs)
- Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. v. Cablevision Systems Corporation (counsel for content owner plaintiffs)
- Old Town Canoe Co. v. Confluence Holdings Corp. (counsel for defendant in patent infringement action)
- Pegasus Development Corp. v. DIRECTV, Inc. (counsel for patent owner plaintiffs)
- Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization v. UMG Recordings, Inc. (counsel for defendant in copyright action)
- TransLogic Corp. v. Tele Engineering, Inc. (counsel for patent owner plaintiff)
- Recording Industry Association of America v. Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc. (counsel for content owner plaintiffs)
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