Intellectual Property Litigation

Trade Secrets Litigation


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March 5, 2021 Announcement
Jeffrey Fisher Inducted to American College of Trial Lawyers
Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that Partner Jeffrey M. Fisher has been inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier professional trial lawyer organizations in...
February 14, 2020 Media Coverage
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, including a dismissal of Farella’s...
January 21, 2020 Announcement
Farella Braun + Martel Announces 2020 Partner Elevations
SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, Calif., January 21, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel is pleased to announce the election of senior associates Evan Abrams, Lauren Galbraith, and Alex Reese to the partnership effective January 1, 2020. The...
January 1, 2020 Media Coverage
California Cases to Watch in 2020
Jessica Nall was quoted in the article "California Cases to Watch in 2020" in Law360 .  Jessica commented on two high-profile criminal cases against former technology executives pending in the Northern District of California, the Theranos and Levandowski cases...
April 22, 2019 Accolades
Daily Journal Names Jeff Fisher Among Top IP Lawyers in California
Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that partner Jeffrey M. Fisher was named to the 2019 list of “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal . The Daily Journal noted Fisher’s experience representing smaller...
December 7, 2017 Announcement
Fetzer Vineyards Wins Attorneys’ Fees in Trademark Trial
SAN FRANCISCO (December 7, 2017): On December 7, 2017, Farella Braun + Martel LLP client Fetzer Vineyards, Inc.’s motion for attorneys’ fees was granted by California Federal Judge William H. Orrick. The motion followed Fetzer Vineyards trial victory  in...
September 22, 2015 Accolades
Who Reps: Minding the Store (IP Litigation)
Corporate Counsel September 22, 2015 "Who Reps: Minding the Store" Farella Braun + Martel ranked second as a result of its handling five IP litigation matters in 2014.  According to the article: The California-based firm represents IP-dependent Silicon Valley-based...
September 20, 2011 Media Coverage
DuPont Win Shows Importance of Trade Secrets Strategy
Managing Intellectual Property September 20, 2011 "DuPont win shows importance of trade secrets strategy" Farella Braun + Martel intellectual property litigation partner James Morando commented on the DuPont trade secrets win.  The $920 million award is one of the...
April 1, 2005 Media Coverage
Roundtable - Intellectual Property
California Lawyer
California Lawyer April 2005 "Roundtable - Intellectual Property" Farella Braun + Martel’s Robert Holtzapple participates in a roundtable discussion on trademark fair use, trademark damages, copyright issues in open source software and search engine lawsuits

Firm Highlights


7 Tips to Help Financial Advisor Firms Protect Their Customer Lists

Customer relationships are a key asset for companies in the financial advising and wealth management industry. In California, however, the law is making it increasingly difficult to stop departing employees from soliciting customers after...

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Under FTC’s New Proposed Rule, Employers Will No Longer Be Able to Rely on Noncompete Agreements

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed a rule that would prohibit the use of noncompete agreements in employment contracts. Noncompete agreements prevent employees and independent contractors from pursuing certain forms of employment &ndash...

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Failures Are Valuable IP: Protect Your Startup’s Negative Trade Secrets

Technology companies and start-ups are familiar with protecting inventions with patents, and protecting their secret formulas, source code, and algorithms as trade secrets. But tech companies may not be aware of another powerful form of...

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How Companies Can Stop Trade Secret Disclosure in California

When an executive, founder, or employee with access to trade secrets or confidential information leaves a company to work elsewhere, employer trade secrets might be used by a competitor. Under two laws, California’s Uniform...

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The Humility To Prepare and the Confidence To Pull It off With Doug Young

Mike Herring interviews past ACTL President Doug Young in this episode of  Trial Tested: A Podcast by the American College of Trial Lawyers . S3E6: The Humility To Prepare and the Confidence To Pull It off With...

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How To Avoid Allegations of Trade Secret Misappropriation in California

When departing a company, an executive, founder, or employee with access to trade secrets or confidential information may face legal allegations around whether they will use or disclose their former employer’s trade secrets at...

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Protecting “What Not to Do” as a Negative Trade Secret

“Negative trade secrets”—i.e., secret know-how about what does not work—are generally protectable in California, but in practice have proven challenging for courts and litigants to discern.  While a trade secret is a company’s intellectual...

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