The Daily Journal has named Keker, Van Nest & Peters partners Brian Ferrall and Bob Van Nest among its list of top intellectual property lawyers in California.
Mr. Ferrall was featured for his work defending Comcast Cable Communications LLC against patent infringement claims brought by Two-Way Media Ltd. involving multicasting and realtime streaming technology. U.S. District Judge Richard G. Andrews of the District of Delaware declared Two-Way Media’s patents invalid following Ferrall’s arguments. Ferrall also argued the appeal at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which affirmed Comcast’s victory in November after concluding that the Two-Way Media patents were directed to abstract ideas.
Mr. Van Nest was featured for his work representing Google in an arbitration against its former engineer Anthony Levandowski, accused of poaching Google employees to launch the self-driving truck startup Otto, which Levandowski later sold to Uber Technologies Inc. He is also deeply involved in defending Qualcomm Inc. in multidistrict litigation over claims the chipmaker ignored its contractual obligation to license standard-essential patents at what is known in the industry as fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory, or FRAND rates.
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