Ultratec Inc. V. CaptionCall LLC


Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP advised Sorenson Communications on the deal.

Sorenson Communications obtained a significant victory before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in nine consolidated appeals. These appeals are part of a multi-front battle between Sorenson’s CaptionCall business and its primary competitor, Ultratec, Inc.

The lead case, Ultratec Inc. v. CaptionCall LLC, which has an extensive history dating back to 2013, concerns eight “crown jewel” Ultratec patents directed to telecommunications for the deaf or hard of hearing. On October 14, a three-judge panel unanimously affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s (PTAB) 2019 decisions invalidating the patents asserted by Ultratec against CaptionCall. The Federal Circuit’s affirmances in Sorenson’s favor end the lead case that started the seven-year battle between two competitors in the captioned telephone market.

Pratik Shah (Picture), co-head of Akin Gump’s Supreme Court and appellate practice, led the appellate team and argued the cases. He was assisted by Supreme Court and appellate partner Julius Chen and intellectual property partner Rachel Elsby and counsel Caitlin Olwell.

Involved fees earner: Z.W. Julius Chen – Akin Gump; Rachel Elsby – Akin Gump; Caitlin Olwell – Akin Gump; Pratik Shah – Akin Gump;

Law Firms: Akin Gump;

Clients: Sorenson Communications, Inc. ;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti