HOUSTON, June 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 24, 2012, a Houston jury in federal district court returned a unanimous verdict that Sutton McAughan Deaver's client Upper Deck does not infringe U.S. Patent No. Re. 38,044 (the '044 Patent) owned by Legends Inc. covering a "Method for Deterring Forgeries and Authenticating Signatures." Legends filed suit claiming that Upper Deck willfully infringed the '044 Patent and sought $4,000,000 in damages and additional punitive damages. After a three-day trial, the jury returned its unanimous verdict that Upper Deck's authenticity certification process did not infringe the '044 Patent. Al Deaver, managing partner of Sutton McAughan Deaver, PLLC, had this to say about the verdict: "We know that our client, Upper Deck Co., LLC is very pleased with this verdict and are very proud of Tanya Chaney and Jeff Andrews for their exceptional trial work. We view this result as a reflection of SMD's overall experience, efficiency and effectiveness. The firm has tremendous intellectual property legal talent, as exemplified by Tanya and Jeff, and we are dedicated to using our team to achieve the best possible results for our clients."