Trend Micro welcomes patent case legal fees ruling

Security software giant Trend Micro welcomed a ruling at the US District Court of Delaware that the company will be reimbursed part of its legal fees incurred during a recent patent legal dispute.

“This unusually positive outcome stemmed from Trend Micro’s earlier victory in 2016, when the same court confirmed the invalidity of patents asserted against Trend Micro by Intellectual Ventures (IV),” said Trend Micro.

Trend Micro said it will be requesting more than $1 million in response to the ruling “to compensate for legal fees incurred as a result of IV’s conduct.”

Trend Micro CEO Eva Chen said: “We are pleased to see our claims confirmed by U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark, and are relieved this case can be behind us.

“A system for protecting legitimate intellectual property rights is important to our industry, and seeing at least part of our expenses covered when that system has been abused reaffirms the importance of legitimacy in the technology space.

“This is an important ruling not only for Trend Micro, but also for the industry.”

During these proceedings, Trend Micro has been represented by a team lead by Yar R. Chaikovsky with his partners D. Stuart Bartow and Allan Soobert of Paul Hastings LLP.