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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The CCPA and Nonprofits_ Privacy and IP Hot Topics

Sushila Chanana and Nate Garhart discuss "The CCPA and Nonprofits: Privacy and IP Hot Topics." The California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) went into effect on January 1, 2020, and while the CCPA does not expressly...

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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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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 Elevates Five to Partner

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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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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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Farella Braun + Martel Ranked Among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

SAN FRANCISCO, November 5, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel earned national and regional rankings across a number of practice areas in the U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® release of the “Best...

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Jeffrey Fisher Inducted to American College of Trial Lawyers

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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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Farella Braun Files Amicus Brief in Support of Humanitarian Organizations in Ninth Circuit Appeal of WhatsApp v. NSO

SAN FRANCISCO, December 23, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel today submitted an amicus brief in support of civil society organizations in the NSO Group v. WhatsApp appeal pending before the...

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