Biography

Jeff Fisher has a diverse practice involving a variety of high-stakes intellectual property and technology disputes, including patent, trade secret, copyright, and trademark infringement, as well as antitrust and unfair competition cases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and co-chairs Farella’s Litigation Department.

Jeff has been active in all phases of litigation, in both federal and state courts and at both the trial and appellate levels. He has specific experience with a wide variety of technologies, including semiconductor and chip packaging technologies; computer hardware, software, and networking technologies; green energy technologies; internet and encryption technologies; digital data compression technology; and data center cooling and construction technologies. He also represents clients in connection with parallel Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings.

Notable engagements include:

  • Prevailing in a three-week jury trial in the Eastern District of Texas clearing our client CNEX Labs, Inc. of all allegations of trade secret misappropriation, CFAA, and RICO claims made by Chinese smartphone maker behemoth Huawei Technologies. Instead, the jury found in favor of CNEX on its counterclaims for trade secret misappropriation, claims which CNEX uncovered during the discovery phase of the case.
  • Winning a jury verdict following a five-week trial on trade secret and breach of NDA claims including a finding of willful and malicious misappropriation in a case pending in the Northern District of California relating to data center technology.

  • Winning a jury verdict following a three-week jury trial for our client Volterra Semiconductor Corporation in the Northern District of California upholding the validity of Volterra's key patents for flip chip integrated power switches against challenges by defendants Infineon and Primarion. Infringement in favor of our client had been determined prior to trial as a result of key rulings we obtained in favor of Volterra in connection with claims construction and summary judgment proceedings.

  • Representing Dolby Laboratories in seeking a declaratory judgment that Dolby’s AC-3 (Dolby Digital) technology did not infringe patents that Alcatel-Lucent had asserted against Dolby’s licensees. Following protracted litigation, in which we obtained discovery sanctions against Alcatel-Lucent on multiple occasions and attorneys’ fees at the conclusion of the case, we successfully obtained orders granting summary judgment of non-infringement on the patents-in-suit. The Federal Circuit affirmed the district court's orders awarding summary judgment and attorney's fees.

He has served as a member of Farella’s Advisory Board. Jeff managed a congressional campaign in California's 38th Congressional District during the 1996 election cycle. 

Distinctions

  • Daily Journal, "Top Trade Secrets Lawyers" in California (2019-2021)
  • The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation- Patent (2019-2022)
  • Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars (2013-2021) in the areas of Patent Litigation and Trademark
  • Daily Journal “Top 75 IP Litigators” in California (2012, 2019, 2020) 
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2011-2021)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (2021)
  • President, Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society (2008-2012); board member (2001-present)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Legal Aid of Marin (2018-present)
  • Board chair, ConnectED: The National Center for College & Career (2014 - present)
  • Co-chair, Northwestern University Leadership Circle of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Chair, Intellectual Property Section, Bar Association of San Francisco (2009 - 2010)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

Firm Highlights

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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Jeff Fisher Named Among Top Trade Secrets Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Jeffrey M. Fisher was named among 2021’s “Top Trade Secrets Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal . Jeff is an accomplished trial lawyer with...

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51 Farella Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

Forty-six Farella Braun + Martel lawyers were selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America © .  Five Farella lawyers were named to Best Lawyers: Ones to...

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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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Publication

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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