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Sharif E. Jacob has successfully tried patent, commercial, and civil rights actions. He focuses on intellectual property litigation, complex business disputes, and the representation of individuals. Mr. Jacob formerly served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Mr. Jacob has extensive experience with patent litigation. He represents leading firms in the video streaming, social networking, and wireless phone industries in disputes pending before the district courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Jacob has repeatedly litigated actions advancing the constitutional rights of inmates. He has won judgments and appeals for prisoners locked in solitary confinement and brutalized in prison. His pro bono work led to systemic reform of California’s prison system and has been covered by the national press.

Mr. Jacob graduated first in his class from Hastings and received his undergraduate degree from Yale University. After law school, Mr. Jacob clerked for the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sharif E. Jacob has successfully tried patent, commercial, and civil rights actions. He focuses on intellectual property litigation, complex business disputes, and the representation of individuals. Mr. Jacob formerly served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Mr. Jacob has extensive experience with patent litigation. He represents leading firms in the video streaming, social networking, and wireless phone industries in disputes pending before the district courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Jacob has repeatedly litigated actions advancing the constitutional rights of inmates. He has won judgments and appeals for prisoners locked in solitary confinement and brutalized in prison. His pro bono work led to systemic reform of California’s prison system and has been covered by the national press.

Mr. Jacob graduated first in his class from Hastings and received his undergraduate degree from Yale University. After law school, Mr. Jacob clerked for the Honorable Mary M. Schroeder of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Lance Armstrong Settles Federal Fraud Case for $5 Million

April 19, 2018

Lance Armstrong agreed on Thursday to pay $5 million to settle claims that he defrauded the federal government by using performance-enhancing drugs when the United States Postal Service sponsored his cycling team. Read more

Lance Armstrong Settles Long-Running False Claims Act Case

April 19, 2018

Lance Armstrong today announced that he has settled the long-running False Claims Act case brought against him by former cyclist Floyd Landis and the U. S. Postal Service. Read more

Was it the Right Decision for Lance Armstrong to Settle his Lawsuit with the U.S. Government?

April 19, 2018

Five years after then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the U.S. Justice Department would co-sign onto Floyd Landis’s whistleblower lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, the sides have reached a settlement. Read more

San Francisco Supports Trans Vets in Court Case

July 11, 2017

Keker, Van Nest & Peters has filed an amicus brief asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to order the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to end its ban on providing surgery for trans veterans. Read more

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upholds major lower-court victory for Netflix.

11/08/2016

TiVo’s “TV Guide” patents are DOA at appeals court. Read more

Bay Area Lifer School

10/29/2016

Sharif Jacob will help practitioners, advocates, prisoners and family members understand the current trends and challenges in helping long-term prisoners transform their lives and navigate California's parole consideration process. Read more

Parole Board Accused of Violating Settlement with Life Prisoners

08/18/2016

The California parole board agreed more than two years ago to tell all life prisoners, at their first hearing, the appropriate sentence for their crime, but inmates’ lawyers who negotiated the settlement says the board has violated its pledge more than 1,600 times. Read more

10th Annual Patent Law Institute - San Francisco

05/05/2016

Sharif Jacob will present "Non-Practicing Entities: What's the Big Deal?" Read more

Netflix Scores Victory in Rovi Patent Litigation

07/17/2015

Ashok Ramani and his team won summary judgment of invalidity on all five patents. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Elevates Three Attorneys to Partner

12/15/2014

We are pleased to announce the elevation of Simona Agnolucci, Sharif Jacob and Khari Tillery to partner. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Fends off Intrusive Demands and Secures Sanctions for Client Netflix

07/09/2014

A federal judge refused to force Netflix Inc. to comply with Straight Path IP Group's “oppressive” subpoena demanding depositions, source code and more for its patent suits, finding Tuesday that Netflix is a nonparty in the cases and Straight Path may face sanctions. Read more

Sharif Jacob Secures Release of Pro Bono Client

06/27/2014

The client whose case has shaped California's parole system is released. Read more

LG, Toshiba Seek New ITC Penalty For Last-Minute Withdrawal

05/09/2014

Keker & Van Nest team called for a change to the ITC rules that would enable the agency to punish companies abandoning patent infringement cases at the last minute. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Pro Bono Settlement Will Shape California's Parole System

12/17/2013

The settlement gives inmates an incentive to work toward parole eligibility, eases California's financial strain and prison overcrowding crisis. Read more

ITC Confirms Groundbreaking Patent Victory on Behalf of Netflix

11/01/2013

The U.S. International Trade Commission affirmed an ITC judge's ruling that Keker & Van Nest's client Netflix Inc.'s streaming software didn't infringe digital entertainment technology company Rovi Corp.'s patented parental control and program guide technology. Read more

Ashok Ramani Leads Netflix to Victory in Groundbreaking ITC Patent Case

06/10/2013

The multi-patent case involved novel arguments which tested the ITC's definition of “unfair foreign competition.” Read more

On Behalf of HTC, Keker & Van Nest Secures Deal To End Smartphone Patent Suits

11/14/2012

As lead counsel for HTC, we helped our client reach a global settlement that includes the dismissal of all current lawsuits and a 10-year license agreement. Read more

Antitrust Issues Stemming From Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) Disputes

06/20/2012

Asim Bhansali and Sharif Jacob will lead this webinar brand and generic drug companies' in-house counsel. Read more

ANDA Litigation: Strategies and Tactics for Pharmaceutical Patent Litigators

05/23/2012

This book serves as a single-source guide examining the intersection between the statutory and regulatory scheme governing approval of generic pharmaceuticals and U.S. patent law in the context of Paragraph IV ANDA litigation. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Associates Win Settlement from State in Excessive Force Case

07/31/2011

Adam Laurisden and Sharif Jacob win $22,500 settlement for pro bono client in Pelican Bay excessive force case. Read more

eDiscovery: Why to Care About It and How Not to Let It Ruin Your Life

05/03/2011

Laurie Mims will moderate this panel, which features Sharif Jacob and other young practitioners. Read more

  • Co-author with Andrea Nill Sanchez, "Prop 57 Fails to Address Set of Inmates," The Daily Journal, 2017
  • Co-author with Andrea Nill Sanchez, "Parole Board is Behind on Base-Term Calculations," The Daily Journal, 2016
  • Co-author with Asim M. Bhansali and Benedict Y. Hur, Chapter 16 of ANDA Litigation: Strategies and Tactics for Pharmaceutical Patent Litigators, 2d ed, 2016
  • Presenter, "Non-Practicing Entities: What's the Big Deal?" Practising Law Institute's (PLI) 10th Annual Patent Law Institute, 2016
  • Co-author, "State Antitrust Law and Intellectual Property," Chapter 12 of California Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law, Revised Edition, 2014
  • Presenter, "Antitrust Issues Stemming From Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) Disputes," Bloomberg, 2012
  • Co-author, Chapter 13 of ANDA Litigation: Strategies and Tactics for Pharmaceutical Patent Litigators, American Bar Association, 2012
  • Co-author, "Antitrust Issues that Arise in ANDA Disputes," Bloomberg BNA Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report, 2012
  • Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on Criminal Law and Related Topics, October 2005-2006 Term," The State of Criminal Justice, 2006, 2007
  • "Deficits in Language Mediated Operations in Patients with Schizophrenia," 53(3) Schizophrenia Research, 2002