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Hamad Hamad is a principal at Caldwell, Cassady & Curry, where his practice focuses primarily on intellectual property litigation.
His experience includes deposing adverse technical witnesses and technical expert witnesses; briefing and arguing claim construction issues, pre-trial disputes and dispositive motions; and working with experts in preparation for trial. Hamad also has helped clients navigate intellectual property ownership issues, inventor and founder disputes, trade secret disputes, and standards essential technology issues.
His work on behalf of clients in intellectual property cases has helped Hamad earn a spot on the annual Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars list of the state’s best young attorneys since 2015.
Hamad earned his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, at the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor’s of science in biology. He graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, where he served as a member of the Barristers. Hamad was one of a handful of students in his entering law school class to be selected as a recipient of the prestigious William L. Hutchison Scholarship in recognition of academic achievement and commitment to the community.
Hamad is registered to practice as a patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Before joining Caldwell, Cassady & Curry, Hamad was an associate at Locke Lord, where his practice included representing clients in patent, trademark, copyright, and domain name disputes and litigation; conducting intellectual property due diligence; preparing intellectual property license and transfer agreements; and helping clients create and maintain intellectual property portfolios.
He is licensed to practice before all Texas state courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of the Texas, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Hamad has represented clients in matters involving a variety of technologies, including pharmaceuticals; retractable syringes and catheters; heat exchange coils; computerized meal planning; data storage systems; digital encryption; electronic check clearance; network payment systems; Ethernet and data buffering systems; electronic trading card games; interactive distributed internet media; virtual private networks and internet security; remote audio control and access; multimedia content protection and purchasing; mobile payment technologies; audio/video conferencing; integrated circuits; mobile device antennas; oil and gas well completion; oil and gas fracturing fluids; and cloud computing.
- Match Group, LLC v. Bumble Trading, Inc.Hamad represented Match Group, owner of numerous popular online dating brands including the iconic Tinder application, in a highly publicized intellectual property and business dispute with competitor Bumble in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. In addition to handling claim construction issues, Hamad also worked closely with experts, took key technical expert depositions, and helped formulate strategies related to infringement, validity, and damages.
- Cellular Communications Equipment LLC, v. Apple Inc.Hamad helped Cellular Communications Equipment LLC win a $22 million verdict against Apple in a 2016 patent infringement trial heard in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.
- Morley, et al. v. Square Inc.Hamad assisted with matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board on behalf of REM Holdings and Dr. Robert Morley Jr. in a patent infringement and founders’ dispute lawsuit against Square Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
- Smartflash LLC v. Apple, Inc. et al., Smartflash LLC v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., HTC Corp., et al., Smartflash LLC v. Google, Inc., Smartflash LLC v. Amazon, Inc. et al.Hamad represented Smartflash in its patent infringement actions against Apple, Google, Samsung, HTC, Amazon, and others, related to Smartflash’s data storage and access system patents. Hamad took depositions of engineers and expert witnesses, worked with experts to investigate and analyze accused instrumentalities, prepared briefing for claim construction and pre-trial issues, and worked with experts to prepare for trial. In February 2015, a jury awarded Smartflash over $532 million and found that Apple’s infringement was willful.
- VirnetX, Inc. v. Apple, Inc.Mr. Hamad represents VirnetX in the company’s ongoing litigation against Apple for infringement of VirnetX’s network security patents by Apple’s FaceTime, iMessage, and VPN On Demand features. In the first trial against Apple in 2012, a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas found VirnetX’s patents valid and awarded a $368 million verdict based on Apple’s infringement.
After the case was sent back for a new trial on damages, it was consolidated with a subsequent lawsuit covering newer products that Apple marketed after the first trial. In the consolidated trial, Mr. Hamad and other attorneys at Caldwell Cassady & Curry won again; securing a $625 million verdict for VirnetX in February 2016 after another Eastern District jury found that Apple continued to infringe VirnetX’s patents following the first trial. The jury also found that Apple’s infringement was willful regarding FaceTime and VPN on Demand.
The court later vacated its order to consolidate the matters and set the cases covering newer and older products for two separate jury trials.
In the first new trial heard in October 2016, Mr. Hamad helped VirnetX win once again, securing a $302 million verdict against Apple. The verdict was entered as a $439.8 million judgment in September 2017, which Apple paid in full in March 2020.
In the second new trial heard in April 2018, a different Eastern District jury awarded a unanimous verdict of $502.6 million in favor of VirnetX after finding Apple’s infringement was willful. The entire verdict amount was entered as a judgment in August 2018.
- Retractable Technologies Inc., et al. v. Becton Dickinson and Co.Hamad represented Retractable Technologies in its patent infringement, antitrust, and false advertising actions against Becton Dickinson. Hamad worked with technical and human behavior experts and briefed pre-trial issues. Retractable went on to win a verdict of over $113 million.