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.

Trail 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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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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Gov't Drops IP Theft Charges Against Ex-Jawbone Workers

Law360 reported that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California in San Jose moved to dismiss all trade-secret-theft charges against the remaining four defendants in what was originally a six-defendant case...

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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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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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Daily Journal Names Farella Lawyers Among Top IP Lawyers in California

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that partners Jeffrey M. Fisher and James L. Day were named to the 2020 list of “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal...

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COVID-19 IP Lessons: Consider the Big Picture

In any crisis, there are always those that look to take advantage of the situation.  The coronavirus pandemic is no different. Here, we have highlighted a few of the most egregious fortune hunters, attempting...

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named 2020 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property

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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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys, Practices Recognized by Chambers USA 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, April 23, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel announces that Chambers USA has recognized 12 lawyers and five practice areas in the legal directory’s 2020 edition. Individual Rankings: Tyler Gerking – Insurance: Policyholders...

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Winston Liaw Selected as 2020 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder

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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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