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Maya M. Eckstein

Maya M. Eckstein

Partner

Expertise

  • Appellate
  • 3D Printing
  • Competition and Consumer Protection
  • Antitrust and Consumer Protection

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Virginia, U.S.A.

WSG Leadership

Patent Law Workshop Group
Member
Intellectual Property Group
Member
Patent Law Group
Member
Profile

With more than 20 years of experience in complex commercial litigation, Maya has successfully represented clients in a wide range of industries and matters. She has an established track record of achieving positive results for her clients, whether by jury verdict, settlement, or pre-litigation counseling.

Many of Maya’s cases have focused on intellectual property matters, including patent, trade secrets and trademark matters. She has represented clients in matters involving various technologies, including cable television, hearing aid, electronic payments, wireless email, home construction, and other technologies, as well as in ANDA litigation.

Maya also has achieved client victories in litigation (both individual cases and class actions) involving contract issues, constitutional questions, trade secret misappropriation, and product liability. She has significant experience planning, coordinating and executing the defense of complex litigation involving multiple defendants and jurisdictions, including multidistrict litigation under 28 U.S.C. §1407.

Maya served in 2001 as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Over the course of her legal career, Maya has received numerous honors from various organizations and publications, including the American Inns of Court, the Virginia State Bar, Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Virginia Business Magazine, Virginia Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America (IP), and Inside Business.

Maya is the former head of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, sits on the firm’s Associates Committee, and is Co-Chair of the Richmond office’s Pro Bono Committee. Among other things, she regularly represents parents on a pro bono basis in federal international child abduction cases.

Relevant Experience

  • Lead counsel for defendant school board in suit alleging violations of US Constitution and federal statutory law. The matter is pending.
  • Lead counsel for defendant governmental entity in class action litigation alleging violations of US Constitution and federal statutory law. The matter is pending.
  • Lead counsel for defendant governmental entity in suits alleging violations of US Constitution and federal statutory law. The cases settled favorably.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in trade secret misappropriation suit. The matter is pending.
  • Trial counsel for defendant in trade secret misappropriation suit. A federal jury returned a favorable verdict.
  • Trial counsel for plaintiff in antitrust and breach of contract suit. A federal jury found in the plaintiff’s favor on all counts and awarded significant damages. The matter is pending appeal.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in litigation involving QR codes. The case settled favorably.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in ANDA patent litigation. The case settled favorably.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in litigation involving secure online transactions. The case settled favorably.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in litigation involving smartphone app technology. The case settled favorably.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in litigation involving POS technology. The case settled favorably.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in litigation involving website searching technology. The case settled favorably.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in federal court and ITC litigation involving USB thumb drive technology. Both cases resolved favorably.
  • Lead counsel for defendants in litigation involving ownership of patents covering wireless email technology. The case settled favorably.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in patent infringement litigation involving technology relating to parking systems. The case resolved favorably.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in patent infringement litigation involving package tracking technology. The case settled favorably.
  • Trial counsel for patent holder in Energy Transportation Group, Inc. v. Sonic Innovations, Inc. et al. Civ. Act. No. 05-422(GMS) involving hearing aid technology. The jury returned a verdict for client ETG, finding willful patent infringement and awarding damages of $31 million against two defendants. The Federal Circuit affirmed the jury’s verdict and the trial court's post-trial rulings.
  • Trial counsel for patent holder in infringement litigation involving cable television technology. After obtaining successful ruling in week-long trial on licensing issues, case was favorably settled with multi-million dollar license.
  • Lead counsel for patent holder in infringement litigation relating to document security technology. The case was favorably settled.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in patent infringement litigation involving utility and design patents. The case was favorably settled.
  • Lead counsel in ICC arbitration involving dispute over patent license agreement. The case was favorably settled.
  • Lead counsel for defendants in patent infringement litigation involving above-ground storage tanks. Case was favorably settled with no-cost license for defendants.
  • Counsel for Fortune 500 company in trademark infringement litigation against competitor. Case was favorably settled.
  • Lead counsel for defendant Interactive Communications International, Inc. in TGIP, Inc. v. AT&T Corp. et al, (E.D. Tex.). After obtaining summary judgment of non-infringement on majority of products at issue, settlement reached resulting in dismissal before trial.
  • Trial counsel for patent owner ePlus in ePlus, Inc. v. SAP, Civil Action No. 3:05cv281 (E.D. Va.) in infringement litigation involving electronic procurement systems. Case was favorably settled while awaiting the court's decision following a four-week trial.
  • Counsel for patent owner in infringement litigation to prevent defendant companies from using technology related to wireless email. Case was favorably settled after receiving jury verdict of infringement and validity.
  • Significant experience with software and business method patent litigation.
  • Counsels clients on legal issues related to use of open source software.

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Virginia

Education

BS, Kent State University, cum laude, 1991
Areas of Practice

3D Printing | Antitrust and Consumer Protection | Appellate | Competition and Consumer Protection | Intellectual Property | Intellectual Property and Technology Transactions | Issues and Appeals | Licensing and Technology Transfer | Licensing, Technology Transfer and Monetization | Litigation | Patent Litigation | Patent Prosecution and Litigation | Rocket Docket Practice (US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia) | Trade Secrets Counseling and Litigation | Trademarks

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Lead counsel for defendant in litigation involving secure online transactions. The case is currently pending.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in litigation involving smartphone app technology.  The case is currently pending.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in litigation involving POS technology. The case is currently pending.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in litigation involving website searching technology.  The case is currently pending.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in federal court and ITC litigation involving UBS thumb drive technology.  The federal court case remains pending; the ITC case resolved favorably.
  • Lead counsel for defendants in litigation involving ownership of patents covering wireless email technology. The case is currently pending.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in patent infringement litigation involving technology relating to parking systems. The case is currently pending.
  • Lead counsel for defendant in patent infringement litigation involving package tracking technology. The case settled favorably. 
  • Trial counsel for patent holder in Energy Transportation Group, Inc. v. Sonic Innovations, Inc. et al. Civ. Act. No. 05-422(GMS) involving hearing aid technology. The jury returned a verdict for client ETG, finding willful patent infringement and awarding damages of $31 million against two defendants. The Federal Circuit affirmed the jury's verdict and the trial court's post-trial rulings. (2012)
  • Trial counsel for patent holder in infringement litigation involving cable television technology. After obtaining successful ruling in week-long trial on licensing issues, case was favorably settled with multi-million dollar license. (2011)
  • Lead counsel for patent holder in infringement litigation relating to document security technology. The case was favorably settled. (2011)
  • Lead counsel for defendant in patent infringement litigation involving utility and design patents. The case was favorably settled.  (2010)
  • Lead counsel in ICC arbitration involving dispute over patent license agreement. The case was favorably settled. (2010).
  • Lead counsel for defendants in patent infringement litigation involving above-ground storage tanks. Case was favorably settled with no-cost license for defendants. (2009)
  • Counsel for Fortune 500 company in trademark infringement litigation against competitor. Case was favorably settled. (2008)
  • Lead counsel for defendant Interactive Communications International, Inc. in TGIP, Inc. v. AT&T Corp. et al, (E.D. Tex.). After obtaining summary judgment of non-infringement on majority of products at issue, settlement reached resulting in dismissal before trial. (2007)
  • Trial counsel for patent owner ePlus in ePlus, Inc. v. SAP, Civil Action No. 3:05cv281 (E.D. Va.) in infringement litigation involving electronic procurement systems. Case was favorably settled while awaiting the court's decision following a four-week trial. (2006)
  • Counsel for patent owner in infringement litigation to prevent defendant companies from using technology related to wireless email.  Case was favorably settled after receiving jury verdict of infringement and validity.  (2006)
  • Significant experience with software and business method patent litigation.
  • Counsels clients on legal issues related to use of open source software.


Professional Associations

  • Thomas Jefferson Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

Professional Activities and Experience

  • Selected as one of 2015’s Women Leaders in the Law by ALM
  • Managing Intellectual Property IP Star, 2014-2017
  • The Best Lawyers In America, Intellectual Property Law, 2009, 2011-2017. A description of the selection methodology can be found on Best Lawyers’ webpage.
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Patent Litigation, 2009, 2011-2017. A description of the selection methodology can be found on Best Lawyers’ webpage.
  • Managing Intellectual Property, Top 250 Women in IP, 2013
  • Benchmark Litigation Top 250 Women in Litigation, 2012; Future Star, 2013-2017 
  • Martindale-Hubbell 2014 Top-Rated Lawyers in Intellectual Property Law
  • AV® Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leader in the Law, Intellectual Property, Virginia, Chambers USA, 2009-2015, 2017 
  • 2015 Class of “Influential Women of Virginia,” Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • Virginia Super Lawyers, 2007-2018. A description of the selection methodology can be found on Super Lawyers’ webpage
  • Top 50 Women Virginia Super Lawyers, 2016
  • “Up and Comers,” Chambers USA, 2008
  • “Future Litigation Star,” Benchmark Litigation Guide, 3rd ed., 4th ed., 5th ed. 

Articles

3D Printing and Its Uncertain Products Liability Landscape
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, June 2016

There is general consensus that 3D printing has potentially revolutionary implications for industry and, along with it, for the law. In terms of products liability law, its consequences for industry and consumers injured by 3Dprinted products are potentially just as far-reaching.  Consider a fact pattern under which an auto parts manufacturer makes CAD files available to auto parts stores so that they may 3D print replacement auto parts on demand and on-site in response to customer needs...

Additional Articles

  • 2016 Patent Damages Year in Review
  • 2015 Patent Damages Year in Review
  • Joint Patent Infringement, American Intellectual Property Law Association Spring Conference
  • How will the FDA regulate 3D printing?, InsideCounsel
  • Cannabis Regulation and Policy, VBA Journal
  • 2013 Patent Damages Year In Review
  • Multiple Defendant Patent Infringement Cases: Complexities, Complications and Advantages
  • 3D Printing Issues Across Practices, Bloomberg BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report
  • The (Unintended) Consequences of the AIA Joinder Provision, AIPLA Spring Conference
  • 2015 Patent Damages Year In Review, IP Frontline
  • The FDA seeks to regulate 3D-printed medical devices, InsideCounsel
  • Patent Reform Act proposes new ways to grant and test patents, Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • 3D Printing and Its Uncertain Products Liability Landscape, IndustryWeek
  • Multiple Defendant Patent Infringement Cases: Complexities, Complications and Advantages (PowerPoint)
  • 3D Printing Raises New Legal Questions, IndustryWeek
  • Business Methods After Bilski, Law360
  • Let’s look closer at 3D printing and IP issues, InsideCounsel
  • Open source opens many licensing issues for 3D printing, Embedded Computing Design
  • Don't Let Your Right To Inter Partes Review Slip Away, Law360
  • The uncertain products liability landscape of 3D printing, InsideCounsel
  • The Expert of My Enemy Is My Expert: Conflicts of Interests Amongst Expert Witnesses, Litigation News, Virginia State Bar
  • The intriguing new legal questions raised by 3D printing, InsideCounsel
  • 2014 Patent Damages Year In Review
  • Multiple Defendant Patent Infringement Cases: Complexities, Complications and Advantages
  • 2013 Eastern District of Virginia Intellectual Property Year In Review

Blogs

Blockchain Legal Resource
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP 

Analysis and Insight in Blockchain Law

Privacy and Information Security Law Blog
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP 

Global privacy and cybersecurity law updates and analysis. Computerworld magazine has named Hunton & Williams the top firm for privacy for the fourth consecutive year based on a survey of more than 4,000 corporate privacy professionals. In addition, Chambers and Partners rated Hunton & Williams the...

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