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

News

Farella Represents Adobe Inc. in Prevailing on Petition to Transfer Patent Case Out of Western District of Texas

SAN FRANCISCO, July 29, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel announces that the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has granted its client Adobe Inc.’s writ of mandamus petition seeking to transfer a patent case from...

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Three Steps Licensees Can Take to Protect Their IP Rights in Bankruptcy

During periods of widespread economic disruption such as the present, operating businesses must be able to identify and respond to threats to the financial health of their contracting counterparts in order to protect key...

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named 2020 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property - Firm Recommended for Patent Litigation

Farella Braun + Martel’s James L. Day , Jeffrey M. Fisher , Eugene Mar , Stephanie P. Skaff and Roderick M. Thompson have been named IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property in its 2020...

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Eight Farella Braun + Martel Lawyers Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2021

SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, CA, August 20, 2020: Eight Farella Braun + Martel lawyers were listed in the inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch . This recognition is awarded to attorneys who are earlier in...

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Breaking up the Patent Monopoly for the Benefit of Batteries

The patent monopoly is at odds with the global need for battery storage technology. As the world mobilizes towards climate change solutions, companies with battery patents will face increasing pressure to share this critical...

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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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Artificial Intelligence Can’t Patent Inventions: So What?

The USPTO’s  recent landmark decision  ( 16/524,350 ) concluding artificial intelligence (AI) cannot be a named patent inventor perhaps sparked fears of super-robots inventing critical technologies that, alas, receive no patent protection. If an...

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52 Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2021

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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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Winston Liaw Selected as 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder

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