Roderick M. Thompson

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Rod Thompson has more than 35 years of experience in high-stakes civil litigation and trials.  His complex commercial litigation practice emphasizes intellectual property, technology and antitrust cases.  He also serves as an arbitrator and mediator in technology-related controversies.


Mr. Thompson has served as lead trial counsel in dozens of patent, trademark and copyright cases covering a variety of technologies.  See e.g., Restricted Spending Solutions, LLC v. Allow Card Of America, Inc. 743 F. Supp. 2d 954 (N.D. Ill. 2010)(granting summary judgment); and Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. v. CFMT, Inc., 142 F. 3d 1266  (Fed. Cir. 1998)(reversing dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction and giving opponent a “Chutzpah Award”).  Has achieved multiple complete victories by obtaining stipulated final judgments of non-infringement after favorable claims construction rulings affirmed by the Federal Circuit on appeals.  See e.g., Every Penny Counts, Inc. v. American Express Co., 563 F. 3d 1378 (Fed. Cir. 2009)(affirming grant of judgment at Markman hearing).  Copyright cases have included Disney Enterprises, Inc. v. Hotfile Corp., 798 F. Supp. 2d 1303 (S.D. Fla. 2011)(motion to dismiss denied in part) and Rosen v. Hosting Services, Inc., 771 F. Supp. 2d 1219 (C.D. Cal. 2010)(summary judgment on DMCA claim).  He has extensive experience antitrust litigation, representing both plaintiffs (e.g., UFCW & Employers Benefit Trust v. Sutter Health (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 909 (class action representing direct purchasers of hospital services) and defendants (e.g., MedioStream, Inc. v. Microsoft Corp., 869 F. Supp. 2d 1095 (N.D.Cal 2012) (granting motion to dismiss) and Joseph v. Amazon. com, Inc., 46 F. Supp. 3d 1095 (W.D. Wash 2014) (granting summary judgment).


Mr. Thompson’s clients include Amazon.com, Dell Inc., EPRI, Google Inc., Ojmar S.A., Rovi Inc., The Clorox Corporation, Sabre Inc., Travelocity.com, Trilliant Networks and Visa Inc. 


Mr. Thompson received a 2016 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award for his Ninth Circuit victory representing the City of Sunnyvale in its successful opposition to a Second Amendment challenge.  He has twice been named to the Daily Journal’s list of the “Top 75 IP Litigators” in California He is listed among the Best Lawyers in America (Intellectual Property Litigation), Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars, Benchmark Litigation’s State Litigation Stars in California, and Northern California Super Lawyers. He has been recommended in PLC Which Lawyer? for Dispute Resolution. 



  • Sedona Conference, Patent Mediation Best Practices Drafting Team (co-lead, 2015-2016)
  • American Arbitration Association (Arbitration and Mediation panels; member ND Cal Advisory Committee)
  • CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution (member, Technology and California Regional Panels)
  • United States District Court and the California Superior Court (member, Mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation panels) 
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (member, UDRP, Arbitration and Mediation panels)
  • Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (Board of Directors, 2001-present)
  • American Bar Association (IP, Antitrust, Dispute Resolution and Science and Technology sections)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution Annual Meeting (co-chair, 2013)
  • American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • State Bar of California (former Litigation Section Executive Committee (1995-1998) and ADR Committee member (1999-2000))