Intellectual Property

Innovative companies around the world rely on their intellectual capital to compete. This competitive drive can lead to legitimate hiring and fair reverse engineering, or to illicit employee raiding and trade secret theft, and eventual high-stakes trade secret cases. We have unparalleled expertise handling such cases on both sides of counsel table. Whether the matter involves alleged wholesale theft of technology or individual employee mobility, from advice and counsel, to injunctions to civil and criminal trials, whether international or local in scope, we deliver results.

Innovative companies around the world rely on their intellectual capital to compete. This competitive drive can lead to legitimate hiring and fair reverse engineering, or to illicit employee raiding and trade secret theft, and eventual high-stakes trade secret cases. We have unparalleled expertise handling such cases on both sides of counsel table. Whether the matter involves alleged wholesale theft of technology or individual employee mobility, from advice and counsel, to injunctions to civil and criminal trials, whether international or local in scope, we deliver results.

IBM, Microsoft Call Off the Dogs on Diversity

March 07, 2018

IBM and Microsoft have wisely split the baby in a trade secrets dispute that wasn’t making either side look good. 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

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Securing Your Trade Secrets

01/27/2017

Warren Braunig will address civil and criminal liabilities, challenges, and consequences of the Act. 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

Litigating Over Trade Secrets

07/13/2016

Ben Berkowitz will give a presentation on trade secret litigation to the Marin County Bar Association. Read more

How is the Venture Community Affected by the Criminalization of Trade Secret Law under the Economic Espionage Act?

11/04/2014

Stuart Gasner discusses how under the Economic Espionage Act, even the most run-of-the-mill trade secret case can be prosecuted as a criminal matter. Read more

Judge tosses out fired executive's lawsuit against Netflix, Amazon.com

09/16/2014

Rachael Meny and her team protected Netflix Inc. from claims made by a former executive, who believed the company blacklisted him from employment at Amazon. Read more

Judge Sides With SanDisk in Trade Secrets Fight

06/24/2014

Sandisk lead counsel Jeff Chanin and his team won a preliminary injunction requiring South Korea-based SK Hynix Inc. to hand over the alleged secrets. Read more

Hot Topics in Trade Secrets Law

05/20/2014

Simona Agnolucci and her fellow panelists will speak at the Bar Association of San Francisco. Read more

Trade Secrets and Cybersecurity: What every attorney should know

05/17/2013

Rachael Meny and her fellow panelists will provide advice on how to protect company trade secrets, guard against employee raids, recruit from competitors without getting sued, and deal with the important issues that arise when employees leave to compete with their former employers. 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

KVN Scores Another Victory in DuPont Trade Secrets Case

02/28/2013

In a victory for Keker & Van Nest, a magistrate judge ordered federal prosecutors to identify which documents - out of a huge trove of discovery produced - they plan to use at an upcoming criminal trial. Read more

Exec Granted $2M Bail In DuPont Trade Secrets Case

02/27/2013

Stuart Gasner, Simona Agnolucci and Katherine Lovett convinced a California federal judge to grant their motion for pretrial release. Read more

In DuPont Case, Accused Spy Hopes for Pretrial Present

12/21/2012

The man accused of selling U.S. trade secrets to Chinese companies could soon be released on bond, thanks to a push from Stuart Gasner and Simona Agnolucci at Keker & Van Nest. 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

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

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

Keker & Van Nest Wins Dismissal in Trade Secret Suit

05/04/2012

Jeff Chanin and Matthew Werdegar convinced the plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss his law suit. Read more

Litigating A Trade Secret Case From Inception Through Trial

12/09/2011

Dan Purcell and other leading trade secret practitioners will present the defense and plaintiff perspectives in this advanced seminar. 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

When Key Employees Go to Competitors

05/09/2011

Rachael Meny provides five steps companies can take to steps to minimize the potential litigation risks associated with key employee hires. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Successfully Defends Premier Silicon Valley Software Company

01/24/2011

Elliot Peters and Gene Paige defended a company from trade secret and copyright charges. Read more

Jeffrey Chanin Named Litigator of the Week

11/05/2009

The American Lawyer highlights his trade secrets win for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. 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

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

Chip Makers Settle Trade Secrets Suit

02/01/2005

In a case that pitted two San Francisco business litigators against each other, a China-based chip-making startup will pay Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. $175 million to settle a trade secrets theft suit. Read more