Brian also counsels clients through pre-litigation conflicts to resolve assertions and licensing disputes before patent litigation ensues. An experienced engineer, he provides clients with insightful and pragmatic advice, based on his ability to understand deeply the technical merit of a case and to explain its intersection with legal strategy. For example, Brian counseled a Fortune 50 technology company in a pre-litigation patent assertion relating to 3G/4G smartphone technologies, resulting in the asserting party dropping all its assertions against Brian's client on favorable terms.
When patent disputes mature into formal litigations, Brian has significant experience with patent matters before the International Trade Commission and numerous federal district courts. Brian represented Samsung in ITC proceedings related to cellular phones, Intel in a declaratory judgment action against Wi-LAN's WiMAX and Wi-Fi patents, and a major consumer electronics company in various federal court and ITC actions against its competitors relating to smartphone technologies. Brian is well versed in all aspects of litigation, including deposing expert and fact witnesses, case-dispositive motions practice, and Markman proceedings. Brian's practice also includes representing clients in contractual disputes involving patents and the enforcement of related indemnification rights.
Brian's technical experience includes with a wide range of high-tech subject matter, such as standards-essential wireless telecommunications (e.g., LTE, UMTS, cdma2000, GSM, and Wi-Fi), HEVC (H.265), user experience design, GPS, semi-conductor circuits, mobile payment systems, liquid crystal displays, and other consumer electronics technologies.
Selected Client Representations
Intel v. Wi-LAN (N.D. Cal.)
Wi-LAN v. Intel, et al. (E.D. Tex.)
Samsung ITC Investigation (ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-583)
Brian was selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2015.
Brian is a member of the Board of Directors for Leela International, a non-profit that builds playgrounds and art education programs for children in underdeveloped communities around the world.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School, 2006, magna cum laude
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, 2000, with distinction
Judicial Intern to the Honorable Barbara B. Crabb, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
Areas of Practice
- Intellectual Property
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