About Henning Schmidt

Mr. Schmidt has extensive experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex intellectual property litigation covering a wide variety of technologies. Mr. Schmidt litigates patent cases in the Federal District Courts and the United States International Trade Commission. He focuses on high-tech patent litigation, with a particular emphasis on computer hardware, software, networking technology, and telecommunications. Mr. Schmidt has presented oral arguments before the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) proceedings. Mr. Schmidt has also litigated trademark and copyright disputes, and assisted with software patent prosecution.

Mr. Schmidt has represented a corporation in multiple infringement actions to enforce a telecommunications patent portfolio, securing tens of millions of dollars in settlements and judgments for the client. Mr. Schmidt has also represented corporations in the United States International Trade Commission against both foreign and domestic companies, resulting in an importation ban of infringing products, and related settlement agreements. Mr. Schmidt has also successfully defended clients against improper claims of patent infringement in Federal District Courts and in the International Trade Commission, resulting either in the dismissal of all allegations or in favorable settlement agreements.

Before attending The University of Texas School of Law, Mr. Schmidt worked as a senior software design engineer for more than six years, with particular focus on firmware engineering in the enterprise data storage space and in the network security space. His engineering experience at various startup companies includes a business centric view of IP creation and protection.

Before joining Hardy, Parrish, and Yang, LLP, Mr. Schmidt practiced IP litigation at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and DLA Piper.

  • University of Texas School of Law (JD, 2007, with honors)
  • Temple University, Tokyo (Japanese and Chinese comparative IP Law, East/West negotiations, 2007)
  • Texas A&M University (B.S. in Computer Science, 1998)

Mr. Schmidt is licensed in Texas and is a member of the Texas Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Austin Intellectual Property Law Association. Mr. Schmidt is admitted to the:

  • United States District Court for the Eastern Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • In Re: Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, LLC Case No. 16-md-2722-LPS-CJB.  Represented MDL respondent in MDL proceeding in Delaware opposing thirteen parties including several declaratory Judgment plaintiffs.
  • MTel v. Clearwire, Sprint, T-Mobile, Cricket, AT&T (E.D.Tex.), et al.  Represented plaintiff in commercialization of large telecommunications patent portfolio resulting in a multimillion dollar jury verdict as well as multiple favorable settlements.  Achieved ~$70 million via licenses to major cellular network providers and mobile handset manufacturers.
  • Apple Inc. v. VIA Technologies (ITC).  Represented Apple Inc. in multi-patent litigation concerning computer processor micro architecture.  Proceeded through ITC investigation and to successful worldwide settlement agreement.
  • Mediostream, Inc. v. Acer America Corporation et al. (E.D. Tex.).  Represented Nero AG, a producer of Media authoring and burning software, and several co-defendants in a multi-patent infringement litigation concerning digital video conversion and digital video disk burning technology.  This case included German language depositions.
  • In the Matter of Certain Flash Memory Controllers (ITC).  Represented plaintiff SanDisk Corporation, a producer of USB FLASH drive technology, in a multi-patent infringement litigation concerning the operation of FLASH drive controllers and FLASH memory storage devices.
  • Eppendorf AG v. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. et al. (W.I.W.D). Represented Eppendorf AG, a producer of a large variety of tools for PCR reactions, in patent infringement litigation concerning the operation of its thermal cycler products.  This case included German language depositions.
  • English (native)
  • German (native)