Biography

Eugene Mar leads Farella’s Technology Industry Group. He specializes in representing technology companies in intellectual property litigation, advising emerging companies on strategies for building and diversifying their intellectual property portfolios, and counseling clients on IP licensing and best practices for trade secret protection.

As an IP litigator, Eugene has prevailed in trade secret, patent, trademark, and IP licensing litigations at every level, including multiple jury trials and appeals. His cases have involved an equally broad range of technologies including solid state disk controllers, QR codes, computer storage and networking products, web browser architecture, topological data analysis, mobile device operating systems, microprocessor architecture, drug-eluting stents, protein synthesis, capillary electrophoresis, data encryption and decryption, payment card security technology, and signal abstraction.

Clients value Eugene for his ability to align legal strategy with the client’s business interests and his strategic thinking in seeking the quickest path to an early adjudication on the merits of a case. If, however, a trial is inevitable, Eugene is an experienced, aggressive, and effective advocate, equally skilled at handling both day-to-day disputes, and major, bet-the-company cases.

Eugene also advises emerging and growth companies on cost-effective intellectual property protection strategies. He typically bases his strategy on an analysis of the location and impact of a client’s core technology in the marketplaces in which it competes, particularly relative to competitors. He also counsels early-stage clients in developing diversified intellectual property assets with the ultimate objective of building a strong, defensible portfolio. This work has included conducting due diligence for companies looking to build IP portfolios by acquiring patents.

Day-to-day, Eugene also assists emerging companies with drafting and negotiating a variety of IP-related agreements, including non-disclosure, assignment and license agreements as well as cloud-based software usage agreements and licenses.

Distinctions

  • Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars - Patent Litigation (2018-2021)
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group, Americas Rising Stars shortlist, Best in Patent (2019)
  • Benchmark Litigation "40 & Under Hotlist" (2017-2019)
  • The Recorder’s inaugural list of 50 "Fast Track" lawyers in California (2012)
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group to the shortlist of the inaugural Americas Rising Stars Awards in the “Best in Patent” category (2018)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Past Chair, Intellectual Property Section, Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Co-chair, Intellectual Property Roundtable Committee, ABA Litigation Section

Firm Highlights

Publication

Insights Into the First Patent Trial in Waco, Texas - MV3 Partners v. Roku

A 7-person jury in Waco, Texas, recently returned its verdict in the first patent trial held before Judge Albright: defense verdict, no finding of infringement. In the MV3 Partners v. Roku dispute, MV3 Partners...

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IP Law up for Best Supporting Role in the COVID-19 Relief Spending Bill and Other New Legislation

The new, more than 5,000-page spending bill (formally known as The Consolidated Appropriations Act), which includes the latest COVID-19 relief, had a few surprises under its cover. Two of those surprises focus directly on...

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Tips For Banks As USAA Check Deposit Patent Dispute Grows

In January 2020, we wrote a  Law360 guest article  that highlighted some of the risks that followed Wells Fargo Bank NA's strategy in its patent dispute with the United Services Automobile Association over remote deposit check imaging technology. Nearly...

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News

Four Farella Intellectual Property Partners Named 2021 IP Stars; Firm Recommended for Patent Litigation

Farella Braun + Martel’s James L. Day , Jeffrey M. Fisher , Eugene Mar , and Stephanie P. Skaff  have been named IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property in its 2021 guide to the...

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SCOTUS Copyright Fair Use Decision: Google vs. Oracle Recap and Takeaways

Eugene Mar and Erik Olson discuss "SCOTUS Copyright Fair Use Decision: Google vs. Oracle Recap and Takeaways." After more than a decade of litigation that included multiple trials and appeals, the Supreme Court of...

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