Farella's intellectual property lawyers help owners, developers, and users of intellectual property secure, protect, and defend their rights. With decades of success in the courtroom and boardroom, we rely on our technical knowledge, strategic creativity, and trial skills in trade secret, patent, copyright, trademark, and other technology-related disputes to assist our clients in identifying the most efficient resolution.

Start-ups and the Fortune 100 Seek Farella

We seek quick results for our clients—which include Fortune 100 corporations, small-to-mid cap companies, emerging and privately held companies, and entrepreneurs—as early in a case as possible to save their businesses from years of time-consuming and expensive litigation. But when a trial becomes necessary, our clients are in safe hands because we have tried a number of high-stakes cases before judges and juries, making us a go-to law firm for our client’s most significant disputes.

Farella's clients range from large companies with substantial in-house legal teams to smaller companies with either very limited or no in-house resources. We frequently litigate against large teams of lawyers from international law firms. Our client teams are smartly-staffed and nimble—led by one or more Farella partners who remain actively engaged in every facet of the case. Communication is central to our client service model, where we adapt to the style and process each client prefers.

Trial Lawyers and Engineers

Our practice—which earns national and California-based rankings from U.S. News - Best Lawyers—is comprised of skilled trial lawyers who represent companies in courtrooms throughout the United States across diverse industries, including computer hardware and software, semiconductor, life sciences, medical devices, healthcare, internet and gig economy, solar, wine, and other high technology industries. Many of our lawyers have engineering or technical degrees and have worked in the industries that we serve, which enables us to effectively convey complex technical concepts to judges, juries, arbitrators, mediators, and other parties.

Areas of intellectual property litigation and related cases we handle include:

  • Trade secret, breach of NDA, and employee mobility
  • Patent, including lawsuits and Patent Office litigation such as Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Covered Business Method (CBM) proceedings
  • Copyright
  • Trademark and trade dress
  • Antitrust
  • Technology licensing disputes
  • Right of publicity
  • Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Professional Leadership

Our recognition in the greater legal community includes several lawyers who are Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a preeminent organization in North America dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice. Noting several recent client successes in the area of intellectual property litigation, the widely-read legal news source Law360 recognized our firm as a “California Powerhouse” in 2018. Our lawyers also regularly appear in the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars annual lists of the top lawyers in Northern California.

Our professional involvement also extends to leadership positions with the Intellectual Property Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and other leading legal and industry organizations in California and nationally. We are also active participants in and thought-leadership contributors to The Sedona Conference. 

Firm Highlights

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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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How I Made Partner: 'I Started Bringing in Cases That Generated Work for Me and for Others at the Firm,' Says Winston Liaw of Farella Braun + Martel

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Cannabis IP: Using Intellectual Property to Protect Your Assets and Grow Your Business

Nate Garhart and Ashley Roybal-Reid discuss "Cannabis IP: Using Intellectual Property to Protect Your Assets and Grow Your Business." Intellectual property (IP) is a critical issue in the cannabis industry. Creating and protecting cannabis products...

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Douglas Young Receives 2021 Judge Learned Hand Award From AJC San Francisco

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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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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named to 2021 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Thirty-seven Farella Braun + Martel lawyers were named to the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists of top attorneys in Northern California for 2021. 2021 Farella Northern California Super Lawyers: George Argyris – Estate...

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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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Ashleigh Nickerson Member of Inaugural NBA Associate Advancement Academy for Excellence

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Ashleigh Nickerson was selected to participate in the inaugural class of the National Bar Association’s Associate Advancement Academy for Excellence.  The year-long Associate Advancement Academy...

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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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Data Center Business Deals Gone Bad, and the Risks of the “Known in the Industry” Defense

Exploring business partnerships often involves or even requires sharing highly confidential trade secret information. The data center industry is no exception, and its participants have in recent years faced litigation focused around the intellectual...

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