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Brian Ferrall represents technology and biomedical clients primarily in high-stakes trade secret, patent and other intellectual property disputes, and has broad experience in contract, unfair business practices and antitrust litigation. He also advises clients on IP protection, licensing and competitive strategy. Mr. Ferrall has expertise guiding international clients through the challenges of litigating in the United States.

By developing a successful strategy with the client at the outset of a dispute, he is able to achieve efficient and effective resolutions before trial, or victories at trial. Mr. Ferrall has tried cases to verdict in California federal and state courts, and federal courts in Delaware and Texas, and has served as lead counsel on numerous cases.

Brian Ferrall represents technology and biomedical clients primarily in high-stakes trade secret, patent and other intellectual property disputes, and has broad experience in contract, unfair business practices and antitrust litigation. He also advises clients on IP protection, licensing and competitive strategy. Mr. Ferrall has expertise guiding international clients through the challenges of litigating in the United States.

By developing a successful strategy with the client at the outset of a dispute, he is able to achieve efficient and effective resolutions before trial, or victories at trial. Mr. Ferrall has tried cases to verdict in California federal and state courts, and federal courts in Delaware and Texas, and has served as lead counsel on numerous cases.

Daily Journal Names Four Keker Partners Among Top IP Lawyers

August 16, 2017

The Daily Journal has named Keker, Van Nest & Peters partners Christa Anderson, Brian Ferrall, Ashok Ramani and Robert Van Nest among the top intellectual property lawyers in California. Read more

Two Keker, Van Nest & Peters Trial Teams Win CLAY Awards

03/15/2017

Eleven lawyers from two Keker, Van Nest & Peters trial teams representing Google and Arista received California Lawyer of the Year awards from the Daily Journal for intellectual property trial wins. Read more

Keker, Van Nest & Peters Wins Two Top Defense Verdicts of 2016

February 17, 2017

Bob Van Nest led two Keker, Van Nest & Peters trial teams on behalf of clients Google and Arista, respectively, that were recognized as top defense verdicts in California. Read more

Trial Victory for Arista Wins Top Defense Verdict Award for 2016

February 17, 2017

The defense verdict KVP obtained at trial for Arista against Cisco’s copyright and patent claims earned the firm second place as the Top Defense Verdict of 2016 Read more

IP Group of the Year: Keker & Van Nest

January 25, 2017

Trial wins for Google and Arista in high stakes patent and copyright cases led to Keker & Van Nest being named IP Group of the Year by Law360. Read more

Arista Beats Cisco’s $335M Copyright Claim with an Unusual Defense

12/15/2016

After a two-week trial, a San Jose jury has cleared Arista Networks of allegations that it infringed copyrights and patents belonging to Cisco Systems. Read more

General Counsel Conference West Coast

11/18/2014

Brian Ferrall and Christa Anderson will present "Critical Strategic Considerations at the Outset of Patent Litigation Defense." Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Summary Judgment for TSMC in Patent Dispute with Ziptronix

10/21/2014

Ziptronix had asserted nine patents and more than 500 claims over TSMC’s manufacturing of semiconductors. Read more

Brian Ferrall and His Team Score Another Patent Win for Intel in the Federal Circuit

09/17/2014

The Federal Circuit declined to review a ruling in a semiconductor patent dispute that found infringement suits must be thrown out when the co-owner of a patent decides not to participate. Read more

Fed. Circ. Tosses University's Patent Suit Against Intel

06/09/2014

The Federal Circuit day affirmed a district court's dismissal of a suit brought by the University of New Mexico's patent arm alleging Intel Corp. infringed a patent for lithographic methods used in semiconductor manufacturing Read more

Brian Ferrall Weighs In On High Court's Patent Indefiniteness Ruling

06/02/2014

The Supreme Court ruled the Federal Circuit's long-standing precedent for proving a patent indefinite allowed for too much ambiguity. Mr. Ferrall explains why the decision in Nautilus Inc. v. Biosig Instruments Inc. is significant. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Helps Medtronic Reach Global Settlement in Heart Valve Patent Litigation

05/21/2014

The settlement wipes out two large jury awards that had raised the threat of an injunction against potentially lifesaving heart valve technology. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Helps Comcast Shake Contract Claims in Networking IP Row

07/22/2013

A Delaware federal judge dealt a blow to British Telecommunications PLC in a pair of suits claiming infringement of several of data networking patents it has licensed, tossing the corporation's contracts counterclaims against Cox Communications Inc. and Comcast Corp. Read more

Lawyers Weigh In On Obama 'Patent Troll' Initiatives

06/06/2013

Brian Ferrall and Ashok Ramani speak to Law360 about the President's legislative and executive proposals aimed at curbing frivolous lawsuits. Read more

Federal Circuit Affirms Win for Comcast

09/14/2012

Keker & Van Nest wins a complete victory in patent infringement case. Read more

23 Keker & Van Nest Attorneys Named "Best Lawyers"

08/28/2012

The firm receives top rankings for bet-the-company, intellectual property, criminal defense, securities, commercial, legal malpractice, and appellate litigation. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Motion to Sever Antitrust Counts

12/13/2011

The firm defends the scion of a legendary California agribusiness family from accusations of racketeering, price-fixing, honest services fraud and obstruction of justice. Read more

Brian Ferrall to Speak at Premier Patent Litigation Conference

10/13/2011

The twelfth annual Sedona Conference on Patent Litigation features a stellar faculty, including nationally renowned trial attorneys and patent counsel from coast to coast, the Director of the USPTO, judges, and in-house counsel from Google and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Read more

17 Partners Selected for 2012 Best Lawyers in America

09/01/2011

Keker & Van Nest partners were recognized in more than ten categories, including bet-the-company litigation, criminal defense, and intellectual property litigation. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Dismissal of ITC Investigation

11/16/2010

Keker & Van Nest represented Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) Read more

Keker Wins Tech Case Worth Up to $2 Billion

November 04, 2009

An Alameda County jury handed Keker & Van Nest a clear victory in a hard-fought trade secrets trial. Read more

  • "Sound Science for Litigation," BASF's Complex Court's Symposium, 2015
  • “Critical Strategic Considerations at the Outset of Patent Litigation Defense,” ALM General Counsel Conference, 2014
  • "World Recognition of Distinguished General Counsel," Directors Roundtable, 2014
  • "The Natural Law of Patents," California Lawyer, 2013
  • "The Complicated Relationship Between Multiple Party Patent Infringement Liability & Common Law Principles," Sedona Conference Publications, 2011
  • "Patent Litigation Case Management," The Sedona Conference's Patent Litigation XII, 2011
  • “Prosecuting and Defending at Trial,” Litigating Trade Secret and Employee Mobility Claims Conference, 2010
  • “‘Clean Room’ Reverse Engineering as a Trade Secret Misappropriation Defense Strategy,” American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Litigation Law, 1993
  • “Will A Market In Sulfur Dioxide Work? An Evaluation of the Acid Deposition Title of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990,” Virginia Environmental Law Journal, 1991
  • Various CLE speaking engagements