Biography

Alex Reese helps individuals and companies of all sizes resolve disputes involving technology and issues of unfair competition. He has helped clients with pre-litigation counseling and alternative dispute resolution, and he has litigated cases through trial and appeal in matters involving trade secrets, antitrust and unfair competition, employee mobility and non-competition agreements, patent infringement, consumer confusion, copyrights, and more.

His notable engagements have included:

  • Winning a multimillion dollar verdict after a six-week trade secrets trial in the Northern District of California. Alex was an integral member of the trial team and handled the direct and cross examinations of several key witnesses.
  • Obtaining the largest ever antitrust settlement in California state court history on behalf of a certified class of California companies in a case against healthcare giant Sutter Health for its anticompetitive conduct that has resulted in decades of hospital overcharges. Alex was instrumental in preparing the case and litigating it through discovery and summary judgment.
  • Representing companies and employees in venture capital, agricultural, and other industries in pre-litigation dispute resolution and litigation on employee exits, enforceability of non-compete agreements, and duty of loyalty claims.
  • Representing a director of a venture capital firm in a multimillion-dollar arbitration against his previous firm over the enforceability of non-compete agreements and his right to vested carry.
  • Winning complete defense judgments under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act for a leading online retailer accused of contributory copyright infringement.
  • Representing an international telecommunications company in obtaining a jury verdict of patent infringement against a telephone chipmaker in the Northern District of California.
  • Winning a complete victory at summary judgment on behalf of a leading e-commerce company in a suit involving breach of contract, antitrust violations, and defamation in the Western District of Washington.
  • Reversing partial summary judgment on behalf of two creators of a role-playing game in a Ninth Circuit appeal involving claims of trademark and copyright infringement, breach of contract, and business torts.

Alex is a member of the Sedona Conference drafting committee on trade secrets issues. He is the past board member and president of several Bay Area legal services and non-profit organizations, and he served as an appointed member of the San Francisco MTA Advisory Committee. He currently serves as the firm’s hiring partner and is an active member of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s intellectual property and antitrust sections.

Distinctions

  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch in the area of Commercial Litigation (2021)

Firm Highlights

Publication

How Antitrust and Unfair Competition Laws Affect Platform Providers’ Relationships With ISVs, API Developers, and Scrapers

A wide variety of business and consumer platforms host mutually beneficial ecosystems. But these ecosystems are also fraught with antitrust risk that arises when platforms try to terminate or modify the terms of third-party...

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Tech Companies Should Strongly Consider Monetizing Their Patent Portfolios During the Economic Downturn

The COVID-19 pandemic and widespread shelter-in-place orders have hit every corner of the country’s economy, including tech companies of all sizes. Many tech companies have traditionally maintained large patent portfolios to enhance company value...

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Tips for Efficiently Managing New Trade Secret Risks Created by Shelter-In-Place Restrictions and Remote Working

On April 14, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom outlined the six “critical indicators” the state will monitor during the next phase of its COVID-19 response as it considers when to modify its statewide shelter-in-place...

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Monetizing University Patent Portfolios During the Economic Downturn

Colleges and universities may be leaving money on the table with under-utilized patent portfolios. The time is right, as the law has shifted in favor of patent owners, both in inter partes review litigation...

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Protecting Your Internal Intellectual Property Investigation: Privilege and Work Product Under California and Federal Law

As California begins preparing to ease shelter-in-place restrictions, the state’s technology industry is facing the most challenging economic circumstances in recent memory. The state’s technology companies may place new demands on in-house intellectual property...

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