image description

Ashok Ramani is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses his practice on patent and trade-secret disputes. Having tried 15 jury and bench trials, Mr. Ramani quickly identifies key issues, designs a winning strategy, and simplifies sophisticated technical and legal concepts to persuade juries and judges alike. In addition to patent and trade-secret matters, Mr. Ramani has substantial experience handling class action, employment, and complex-commercial disputes.

Mr. Ramani has been widely recognized for his skillful advocacy. He has repeatedly been named one of California’s top IP lawyers by the Daily Journal, Chambers recognizes him as a leader in IP, and he has been named a Northern California SuperLawyer since 2009. In 2015, Mr. Ramani was inducted as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America.

Mr. Ramani is honored to have handled multiple engagements for leading technology companies including Netflix, TSMC, Hulu, HTC, Square, and Broadcom. For his plaintiff clients, Mr. Ramani has secured multiple nine-figure settlements and preliminary injunctions against former employees on trade-secret-misappropriation claims. For his defendant clients, he has achieved complete victory after trial on multiple patents, mid-trial voluntary dismissal by the plaintiff and pretrial victory by summary judgment and motion to dismiss.

Mr. Ramani lives in Hillsborough with his wife, daughter, and dog.

Ashok Ramani is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses his practice on patent and trade-secret disputes. Having tried 15 jury and bench trials, Mr. Ramani quickly identifies key issues, designs a winning strategy, and simplifies sophisticated technical and legal concepts to persuade juries and judges alike. In addition to patent and trade-secret matters, Mr. Ramani has substantial experience handling class action, employment, and complex-commercial disputes.

Mr. Ramani has been widely recognized for his skillful advocacy. He has repeatedly been named one of California’s top IP lawyers by the Daily Journal, Chambers recognizes him as a leader in IP, and he has been named a Northern California SuperLawyer since 2009. In 2015, Mr. Ramani was inducted as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America.

Mr. Ramani is honored to have handled multiple engagements for leading technology companies including Netflix, TSMC, Hulu, HTC, Square, and Broadcom. For his plaintiff clients, Mr. Ramani has secured multiple nine-figure settlements and preliminary injunctions against former employees on trade-secret-misappropriation claims. For his defendant clients, he has achieved complete victory after trial on multiple patents, mid-trial voluntary dismissal by the plaintiff and pretrial victory by summary judgment and motion to dismiss.

Mr. Ramani lives in Hillsborough with his wife, daughter, and dog.

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

Facebook Says Advertisers Can’t Sue Over False Metrics

June 19, 2017

Facebook Inc. asked a California federal judge on Monday to toss a putative class action alleging the company misled advertisers with false consumer viewing metrics. Read more

Jury Hands TEK $2.8M Win In Tire Repair Kit Patent Trial

03/17/2017

Keker, Van Nest & Peters secured a $2.8 million jury verdict for TEK Global SRL in a dispute with Sealant Systems Inc. regarding patented tire repair technology. Read more

Advanced Patent Law Institute 2016

Dec 8-9, 2016

Ashok Ramani will present "Willful Infringement and Enhanced Damages after Halo" at the prestigious conference. 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

Court Guarantees Hearings for Detained Immigrants with Felonies

08/18/2016

As a result of this pro bono class action, between 800 to 1,000 people will now have a chance to petition a judge for their freedom. Read more

Rainmaker Q&A: Keker & Van Nest's Ashok Ramani

08/17/2016

Ashok Ramani offers his experience and insight to Law360. Read more

Four Partners Named to List of the 75 Top Intellectual Property Attorneys in California

08/17/2016

Bob Van Nest, Christa Anderson, Ashok Ramani and David Silbert were chosen for their groundbreaking work on behalf of established tech titans and cutting-edge Bay Area startups. Read more

More Detained Immigrants Are Owed Bond Hearings: 9th Circ.

08/05/2016

The Ninth Circuit’s ruling means that thousands of immigrants in California can now make a case against being detained. Read more

Mandatory Detention Struck Down in California and Other Western States; Thousands of Families Now Protected

08/05/2016

Keker & Van Nest's pro bono class action has corrected a massive injustice. Read more

Alice Test: Is It Clearing District Court Dockets and Making the Concept of Preemption for Ineligible Subject Matter a Dead Issue?

04/14/2016

Ashok Ramani will address this topic at California Lawyer's upcoming Patent Disputes Forum. Read more

Ashok Ramani and His Team Score Win for Caviar in Independent Contractor Case

11/16/2015

Restaurant delivery app Caviar Inc. won't have to defend its use of independent contractors in court, a federal judge ruled Monday, steering claims against the company into arbitration. 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

Using High-Tech Trial Exhibits

07/01/2015

Ashok Ramani speaks to California Lawyer about the trial attorneys must balance technology with improvisation in the courtroom. Read more

IP Defense: Silicon Valley 2015

06/18/2015

Ashok Ramani will present "Defensive Trial Strategies" at the IP Defense: Silicon Valley conference. Read more

Caviar Turns To Keker Team in Courier Class Action

05/14/2015

Partners R. James Slaughter, Ashok Ramani and Simona Agnolucci will help the restaurant-delivery app fend off claims it misclassified workers as independent contractors. Read more

Crossed Wires: Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age

03/19/2015

Ashok Ramani's panel will discuss the price that ordinary citizens pay in the name of cybersecurity. Read more

Invoking 'Alice,' Lawyers for LinkedIn, Facebook Knock Out Database Patent

01/06/2015

David Silbert and his team score a win for LinkedIn. Read more

4th Annual Patent Disputes Forum

12/04/2014

Ashok Ramani and other key players in patent litigation will share their knowledge, experience, and insight into the most recent issues in patent disputes. Read more

Decline in Patent Suits Raises Questions for Attorneys, Law Firms

11/11/2014

Ashok Ramani comments on how the Alice decision will impact NPE lawsuits seeking nuisance fee settlements. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Named Top Litigation Boutique

10/15/2014

One name mentioned by virtually everyone the Daily Journal spoke to was Keker & Van Nest. Lawyers at some of the best firms in California said they model themselves after the litigation powerhouse. 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

Patent litigation proponents pursue other efforts as Senate bill stalls

05/22/2014

Ashok Ramani comments on what needs to occur before Congress considers more legislation. 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

2014 Patent Disputes Forum

05/06/2014

Ashok Ramani, Leo Lam, Gene Paige and other distinguished faculty will share their experience and insight into critical patent litigation topics. Read more

Bob Van Nest and Ashok Ramani Named to Daily Journal's List of Top 75 IP Attorneys

04/09/2014

Winners helped to advance technological innovation and chance the law, handling work critical to the future of the technology and other industries. Read more

Patent Trolls and Patent Reform Conference

03/21/2014

Patent reform is once again in the headlines, as the Supreme Court, Congress, and even state attorneys general target perceived abuses of the litigation system by patent trolls and others. Ashok Ramani and other knowledgeable lawyers, judges, and academics will discuss the prospects and impact of the most likely reforms. Read more

IP Law for In house Counsel & Non IP Lawyers

12/05/2013

Ashok Ramani will take part in a panel discussion and presentation on patent law. 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

Listening to the Marketplace: What San Francisco’s Top Lawyers Expect From Mediators

08/09/2013

Ashok Ramani will moderate this panel at the ABA's Annual Meeting. Read more

New ITC Pilot Program Put to Test

07/05/2013

Ashok Ramani comments on the International Trade Commission's first-ever ruling issued under a new preliminary procedure that some experts say would aid operating companies in their fight against patent holding companies. 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

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

Patent Disputes 2013

03/27/2013

Ashok Ramani, Asim Bhansali and Matthias Kamber will speak at this conference, which brings together a distinguished faculty of the foremost patent attorneys, judges, and in-house counsel in the country. Read more

Ashok Ramani Elected to Asian law Caucus Board of Directors

11/15/2012

The Asian law Caucus is the nation’s first legal organization serving the Asian Pacific Islander Communities. 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

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

Understanding Patent & Trade Secret Law

08/24/2012

Ashok Ramani will offer a primer on patent and trade secret law for in-house counsel, and other non-IP lawyers. Read more

Impact: Critical Changes in Patent Law

03/19/2012

This webinar will cover the most recent cases and legislation to significantly impact patent law and the patent system. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Complete Victory for Google in Lafayette, Louisiana

09/23/2011

Led by Ashok Ramani, Keker & Van Nest defeats trademark and unfair competition case. Read more

Grow Your Business, not Your Legal Bills

06/29/2011

Matt Werdegar, Ashok Ramani and Jeff Chanin offer leaders of venture-backed companies advice on how to minimize litigation. Read more

How to Protect Your IP from Walking out the Door

06/25/2011

Ashok Ramani will present at the 2011 NASABA Convention. Read more

Profile of a Donor: Ashok Ramani, Keker & Van Nest

05/01/2011

Keker & Van Nest Partner Ashok Ramani is a donor and active volunteer for the Bar Association of San Francisco Bay Area Minority Law Student Scholarship Program. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Dismissal of ITC Investigation

11/16/2010

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

Ashok Ramani Wins Freedom For Rehabilitated Woman Convicted of Murder

11/20/2009

A Swedish woman who had been serving a life sentence for the 1981 murders of a sheriff's deputy and a restaurateur will be released in 2011. 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

Ashok Ramani Resolves High-Profile Defamation Case

10/22/2009

Mr. Ramani represented two law students in a cutting-edge cyber-bullying case. Read more

In Case About Google's Secrets, Yours Are Safe

01/26/2006

Ashok Ramani represents Google in its battle with the Justice Department, which is trying to force the search engine to turn over an entire week's worth of searches. Read more

LG, Hulu Tell PTAB Fed Circ. Erred In Reviving Network IP

On behalf of Hulu, Mr. Ramani argued that Straight Path’s patents don’t disclose any mechanisms beyond what the two pieces of prior art disclose for verifying whether a user is on the network at the time of the connection request. He urged the board to again rule the patent as anticipated by the 1992 technical standard, NetBIOS, and 1994 Microsoft Windows user guide, WINS. Read more

  • "Willful Infringement and Enhanced Damages after Halo," Advanced Patent Law Institute, 2016
  • "The Changing Patent Landscape," The Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology and Samsung Electronics, 2016
  • "Alice Test: Is It Clearing District Court Dockets and Making the Concept of Preemption for Ineligible Subject Matter a Dead Issue?" Daily Journal's Patent Disputes Forum, 2016
  • "Defensive Trial Strategies" at the IP Defense: Silicon Valley Conference, 2015
  • Moderated "Crossed Wires: Surveillance and Privacy in the Digital Age," Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, 2015
  • "Intellectual Property Law," North American South Asian Law Students Association Conference, 2015
  • Moderated "The Patent System: Does It Need to Be Fixed? How Would You Fix It?," Daily Journal & Thomson Reuters Patent Disputes Forum, 2014
  • "Patent Trolls and Patent Reform Conference," Stanford Program in Law, Science, & Technology, 2014
  • "Intellectual Property Roundtable: Patent Litigation," California Lawyer, 2014
  • "IP Law for In house Counsel & Non IP Lawyers," Bridgeport Continuing Education, 2013
  • "Intellectual Property Roundtable: Patent Litigation," California Lawyer, 2013
  • "Listening to the Marketplace: What San Francisco’s Top Lawyers Expect From Mediators," American Bar Association, 2013
  • Co-chair and speaker, "Patent Disputes Conference," Thomson Reuters, 2013
  • "You Were Just Sued for Patent Infringement:  Now What?Westlaw Intellectual Property Journal, 2012
  • An Oft-Overlooked Patent-Inducement Defense,” Law360, 2012
  • "You Just Got Sued, Now What," Bridgeport's Understanding Patent & Trade Secret Law Conference, 2012
  • "Three Hot Topics in Patent Law," Bridgeport's Understanding Patent & Trade Secret Law Conference, 2012
  • "Grow Your Business, Not Your Legal Bills:  Avoid Litigation While Hiring New Talent, Managing Customer Data, and Protecting IP," Keker, Van Nest & Peters presentation, 2011
  • "How to Protect Your IP from Walking out the Door," 2011 NASABA Convention