Intellectual Property

As profiled below, we have achieved incomparable results in patent litigation. Our success reflects the depth and talent of the lawyers in our patent practice. It also reflects the strategic and results-oriented focus we adopt for every facet of a patent case - including discovery, claim construction, summary judgment, trial, appeal, as well as alternative dispute resolution. Our approach enables us to obtain the best possible results for our clients - by out-litigating without out-spending our opposition.  

As profiled below, we have achieved incomparable results in patent litigation. Our success reflects the depth and talent of the lawyers in our patent practice. It also reflects the strategic and results-oriented focus we adopt for every facet of a patent case - including discovery, claim construction, summary judgment, trial, appeal, as well as alternative dispute resolution. Our approach enables us to obtain the best possible results for our clients - by out-litigating without out-spending our opposition.  

Recent Patent-Eligibility Cases Leave Unanswered Questions

March 12, 2018

In a series of recent decisions, the Federal Circuit has upheld patents and found that they do not claim patent-ineligible abstract ideas or laws of nature, but the rulings have left attorneys pining for more guidance about where the court will draw the line on patent eligibility in future cases. Read more

Fed. Circ. Won't Rethink Comcast, Verizon Patent Win

March 12, 2018

The Federal Circuit on Friday declined to rehear claims by Two-Way Media Ltd. over four invalidated streaming media patents that the patent holding company alleged Comcast and Verizon infringed, finding that en banc review is not warranted. Read more

Keker, Van Nest & Peters, Finalist for IP Litigation Department of the Year

December 21, 2017

In a blockbuster year defined by complex cases, Keker, Van Nest & Peters’ intellectual property practice kept its approach surprisingly simple, crafting a litigation strategy that emphasized a strong narrative and a diverse team capable of telling it. Read more

Law360 California Powerhouse: Keker Van Nest & Peters

October 06, 2017

Longtime California trial staple Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP found success for a wide range of clients this year, winning a nationwide injunction against a presidential executive order, defending Arista Networks in a groundbreaking copyright suit and resolving a feud between two prominent San Francisco philanthropists. Read more

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

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

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

The National Law Journal’s Winning Litigators: High Stakes, Significant Victories

12/05/2016

Bob Van Nest was selected as one of the year's best litigators. Read more

How Oracle Went from Nine Zeros to One Zero

06/01/2016

Google's lead attorney Robert Van Nest and his team won an epic victory in a courtroom battle between two Silicon Valley giants. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins California's Top Defense Verdict for LinkedIn

02/16/2016

Bob Van Nest, David Silbert, Dan Jackson, and Michelle Ybarra used a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision to prove that patents in lawsuits against Facebook Inc. and LinkedIn Corp. were invalid based on subject matter ineligibility. Read more

Samsung, Qualcomm Triumph At ITC In Nvidia Patent Fight

12/15/2015

The ITC cleared Samsung and Qualcomm of violating a pair of Nvidia graphics patents in a case that could have barred certain Samsung products from the U.S. market, upholding an administrative law judge's decision and ending its investigation of the Korean smartphone giant. Read more

The State of IP Across Industry Verticals

12/03/2015

David Silbert will present at the IP Value Summit. Read more

Samsung did not infringe Nvidia graphics chip patents: U.S. ITC

10/09/2015

Robert Van Nest and his team score an important victory in the ITC, winning on all three patents. 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

Patent Disputes for Corporate Counsel Forum

05/20/2015

Adam Lauridsen will co-chair this annual event for in-house counsel and patent litigators. Read more

Summary & Update on Recent Supreme Court Rulings

03/11/2015 - 03/13/2015

Asim Bhansali will present at the Global Patent Strategies Summit. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Jury Verdict for SanDisk In Patent Dispute With Round Rock

01/30/2015

A Delaware federal jury found that two patents held by patent holding company Round Rock Research LLC covering flash drives and memory cards were invalid, following an eight-day trial in a patent infringement case against SanDisk Corp. Read more

Staging a Multi-front Patent War

01/13/2015

Gene Paige provides ten things that companies considering engaging in patent litigation outside of the United States should consider before taking action. 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

Advanced Patent Law Institute

12/11/2014

Matthias Kamber will present "Joint/Divided Infringement" at the 15th Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute. 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 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

Asim Bhansali and Adam Lauridsen Win Summary Judgment for T-Mobile

10/15/2014

On behalf of T-Mobile, Keker & Van Nest defeated High Point SARL's multi-patent infringement case in New Jersey federal court. Read more

Christa Anderson Named One of the 20 Most Influential Women In IP Law

09/26/2014

Law360 included Ms. Anderson in its select group of female attorneys for leading the charge in waging high-stakes patent battles and other sophisticated intellectual property litigation. 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

The Real Revolution In 3D Printing

07/31/2014

Paven Malhotra speaks to Forbes about how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) may be applied in the world of 3D printing. 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

Copying in the Digital Age: Intellectual Property Rights and Additive Manufacturing

June 10-12, 2014

Paven Malhotra will present at the 2014 RAPID Conference, which covers the latest developments, trends and techniques specific to additive manufacturing, rapid technologies, 3D printing and 3D scanning 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 Scores for Google in Patent Proxy Fight With BT

05/27/2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit refused to revive patent infringement claims targeting Google Inc. over its lucrative Adsense program. 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

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

Gene Paige Explains Significance of High Court's Patent Rulings

04/29/2014

The Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Circuit's standards for awarding attorneys' fees to prevailing parties in "unreasonable" patent infringement cases must be eased. 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

2014 Patent Law Institute

March 17-18, 2014

Matthias Kamber will be a featured speaker at this annual institute, designed to be of ultimate practice value to all three subgroups in the patent law community: patent prosecutors, patent litigators, and strategic/transactional lawyers. Read more

Trendy 3D Printing Sure to Produce More IP Fights

02/17/2014

Paven Malhotra examines the implications 3-D printing holds for intellectual property rights. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Defeats Patent Troll in Marshall, Texas

01/27/2014

On behalf of Google, Christa Anderson and her team successfully sued patent troll Beneficial Innovations Inc. 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

Supreme Court Enters Fray Over Patent Fee Awards

10/01/2013

Matthias Kamber comments on a hot-button issue in patent litigation - how much latitude federal district judges should have to award attorneys fees to the prevailing party. 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

Finding The Best Cure

06/25/2013

Matthias Kamber explains how recent White House executive actions and proposals targeting frivolous litigation are efforts to treat the symptoms of a broken system rather than cure it. Read more

Traditional Gaming Meets the New Frontier

06/10/2013

Ben Hur and his fellow panelists will discuss recent developments in patent law, case law updates such as the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 2013 decision in Already, LLC v. Nike, Inc., recent developments in ITC based litigation, and practical changes resulting from 2011’s Patent Reinvention Act. 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

Bob Van Nest and Christa Anderson Lead Google to Victory in Patent Infringement Case

04/18/2013

Suffolk Technologies alleged the Google Adsense advertising placement technology infringed one of Suffolk’s patents. Read more

Bob Van Nest Named One of California's Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators

04/17/2013

Mr. Van Nest was chosen for successfully representing Google and HTC in landmark cases. Read more

Matthias Kamber Named Rising Star

04/01/2013

Law360 honored attorneys under the age of 40 whose accomplishments in major litigation belie their age. 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

7th Annual Patent Law Institute

03/18/2013

Asim Bhansali will present "Developments in Pharma and Biotech Patent Litigation." Read more

Keker & Van Nest Awarded Top Defense Verdict of 2012

02/13/2013

Christa Anderson offers her insights into how Keker & Van Nest defeated Oracle Corp.'s $6 billion copyright and patent case on behalf of Google. Read more

Bob Van Nest Named One of the Recorder's Attorneys of the Year

02/11/2013

The Recorder selected Mr. Van Nest for leading the team which defended Google from Oracle's $6 billion copyright and patent claims over technology in the Android operating system. After a six-week trial against formidable opponents, Mr. Van Nest's client was on the hook for precisely $0. Read more

Mobile Patent Wars: Any End In Sight?

12/07/2012

Bob Van Nest comments on the current Apple/Android wars. Read more

What is That Patent Really Worth? Courts Take a Hard Look at the "Reasonable Royalty" Calculation

12/06/2012

Gene Paige will present at the 13th Annual Silicon Valley Advanced Patent Law Institute. Read more

Law360 Names Bob Van Nest Intellectual Property MVP

12/05/2012

He earned the title by leading Google to a sweeping victory in a patent and copyright suit brought by Oracle, and representing HTC in its recently-settled smartphone patent dispute with Apple. Read more

Patent Disputes 2012: Patent Reform and New Models for a New Market

11/14/2012

Gene Paige and Christa Anderson are part of the conference's distinguished faculty of the foremost patent attorneys and in-house counsel. 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

Bob Van Nest Will Speak Before the Association of General Counsel

10/11/2012

Mr. Van Nest will be a panelist for "The Patent Wars," the fall meeting of the AGC. Read more

Blockbuster IP Trials

10/04/2012

Tips from the lawyers who have tried the biggest patent and copyright cases in the Northern District. 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

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

Smartphone Patent Litigation

07/18/2012

Matthias Kamber comments on the value of patents in the smartphone industry. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Top Rankings from Chambers

06/08/2012

Listed as Band 1 attorneys in white collar, commercial litigation and intellectual property. Read more

How Robert Van Nest Led His Team to Victory in the "World Series of IP Trials"

06/06/2012

Google lawyer sticks to his guns: facing long odds Robert Van Nest, wins over judge and jury. Read more

Robert Van Nest Named Litigator of the Week

05/24/2012

American Lawyer chose Mr. Van Nest for defeating Oracle Corp. in its multi-billion dollar intellectual property battle with Google over Java technology. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Defense Verdict for Google in High-Stakes Battle with Oracle

05/23/2012

Keker & Van Nest bested Oracle's legal team, who were unable to secure any significant wins during the multiphase five-week trial. 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 Drastically Limits Damages in Copyright Phase of Oracle v. Google Smartphone War

05/07/2012

Partial verdict in Oracle-Google case seen as setback for Oracle. 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

Twitter Off The Hook In $40M Virtual Community IP Suit

11/01/2011

Elliot Peters and David Silbert win a defense verdict from a federal jury in Virginia. 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

Keker & Van Nest Wins Lawyer of the Year in IP, Patent, Legal Malpractice

10/04/2011

John Keker, Robert Van Nest and Susan Harriman win "Lawyer of the Year" for IP, Patent Litigation and Legal Malpractice respectively. 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

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

Asim Bhansali Speaks at PLI's 5th Annual Patent Law Institute

February 22 and March 18, 2011

Mr. Bhansali will present "Litigation Inequitable Conduct in the Wake of Therasense" on February 18 in New York, and on March 22 in San Francisco. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Dismissal of ITC Investigation

11/16/2010

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

David Silbert and His Team Win Summary Judgment for Comcast In $590M Suit

07/14/2008

A federal judge ruled in favor of Comcast Cable Communications Corp. in a patent infringement suit filed by Finisar Corp. Read more

Robert Van Nest's Success Handling a Patent Case Before the ITC is Profiled

08/01/2007

Robert Van Nest's work convincing the ITC to ban the importation of Qualcomm chips that infringe on Broadcom patents is profiled. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Deflects Patent Infringement Lawsuit for Intel In Plaintiff-Friendly District

11/29/2006

Intel Corp. has successfully fended off a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas potentially worth billions of dollars, attorneys for the Santa Clara semiconductor firm announced Tuesday. Read more

Federal Circuit Tosses Network Appliance's Appeal

October 31, 2006

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has dismissed infringement claims filed by Network Appliance Inc. against a smaller rival, derailing the data-management firm Read more