KeyMe, LLC v. Hillman Group

Quinn Emanuel obtained a complete defense verdict from a jury in a six-patent case in the Eastern District of Texas, before Judge Gilstrap.

KeyMe provides more than 4,000 automated key-duplicating machines throughout the United States using innovative AI and cloud-based technologies. KeyMe’s competitor, the Hillman Group, also makes key duplicating machines, albeit using older technology. After KeyMe successfully displaced Hillman from multiple retailers, Hillman asserted six patents against KeyMe, seeking a large running royalty and a permanent injunction.

On cross-examination, Hillman’s witnesses were forced to admit that KeyMe’s technology was more sophisticated than Hillman’s. After deliberating less than three hours, the jury returned its verdict that KeyMe did not infringe any of the 18 asserted claims, and further invalidated a majority of the asserted claims.

The Quinn trial team consisted of Sean Pak (Picture), Dave Nelson, Eric Huang, and Jeff Nardinelli. 

Involved fees earner: Eric Huang – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan; Jeff Nardinelli – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan; David Nelson – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan; Sean Pak – Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan;

Law Firms: Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan;

Clients: KeyMe, LLC;

Author: Martina Bellini