Greg Stone and Kelly Klaus Named Leading IP Litigators

For the second consecutive year, the Daily Journal has named Gregory P. Stone and Kelly M. Klaus among California’s 75 Leading IP Litigators. 

“The most important criterion for making the list is the impact of the work,” the paper wrote. “The absolute best part of our job is watching brilliant people facilitate creative ideas so that they blossom into real solutions. Nowhere is this more evident than in the intellectual property arena.”

The paper highlighted Mr. Stone’s eight year patent battle representing Rambus against Micron Technology, Hynix Semiconductor, Samsung Electronics and Nanya Technology. Following a recent $900 million settlement with Samsung, Mr. Stone is awaiting a ruling from the Federal Circuit to proceed with the infringement claims against Micron, Hynix and Nanya.

“At stake are the rights to dynamic random-access memory chips found in all sort of computer devices, making them valuable assets that have made the legal wrangling all  the more intense,” the paper wrote. 

The paper spotlighted Mr. Klaus’s representation of all four major recorded music companies, in their suit against the Defendants who operated the LimeWire file-sharing service. The record labels won summary judgment this past May, and the trial court permanently enjoined the site. Mr. Klaus and a team of Munger, Tolles & Olson lawyers are representing the record companies in the upcoming damages trial in New York.

“The trial is still expected to break new ground on how much can be sought in online copyright infringement claims,” the paper wrote.

Mr. Stone is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger Tolles. He is widely recognized for his trial skills, particularly in patent, antitrust and unfair competition cases. Mr. Stone also specializes in defending, and trying, class actions, including product liability, toxic tort, and antitrust class actions.

Mr. Klaus is also a partner in Munger Tolles' Los Angeles office. His practice is focused on copyright and complex commercial litigation.