Someone is actually joining Yahoo’s legal department, which has suffered a few losses lately.
Pillsbury partner Kevin Kramer has been hired to be the head of IP litigation. He takes the place of Lisa McFall, who left earlier this summer.
Kramer is coming to Sunnyvale from Washington, D.C., where he had worked for Pillsbury since 2001 as an IP litigator. Before that he worked in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
“Kevin is a seasoned litigator who brings a significant level of IP litigation experience to our team,” said Jeanine Hayes, who’s the head of IP at Yahoo.
The former head of IP, Joseph Siino, left late last year to start his own consulting shop, followed by McFall. Last week, we wrote about how head of global patents Duane Valz was leaving Yahoo to plant the flag for a New York law firm in the Bay Area.
Yahoo has had two recent successes in the IP arena. The Internet company got a patent lawsuit by PartsRiver dismissed two weeks ago that it had successfully transferred from the plaintiff-friendly Eastern District of Texas. It also won a copyright case against music companies suing it over its Internet radio service. But there was also that $6.6 million jury trial loss in Texas in to patent troll Acacia in another patent case.
— Zusha Elinson