Andrew N. Thomases

Partner

  • JD, The University of Chicago Law School, 1994; with honors
  • BA (Physics), magna cum laude, Amherst College, 1990

Qualifications

  • California, 1995
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1997

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Honorable Raymond C. Clevenger, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Co-chair, Board of Directors of Community Legal Services, East Palo Alto
  • Member, Intellectual Property Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • Member, Intellectual Property Section, California State Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Circuit Bar Association

Andrew N. Thomases

Partner

Andrew Thomases has nearly 20 years of experience litigating complex patent and trade secret cases in federal courts throughout the country, as well as before the International Trade Commission. He has achieved numerous successes for companies in the areas of computer technology, semiconductors, analog circuits, wireless technology and medical devices, among other areas.

His first-chair trial experience includes a successful ITC case for Advanced Analogic Technologies, Inc., a semiconductor device company, and two appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He was a key member of a team that obtained a $50 million-plus jury verdict on behalf of medical device maker Medtronic Inc. – one of 2009’s largest plaintiff verdicts in California. He has extensive experience in many U.S. district courts, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Districts of California, and the District of Delaware.

Andrew has been recognized as a “leading lawyer” in patent litigation by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and has been named among the “Top IP Litigators” in California by the Daily Journal. He has also been recognized by The Legal 500 (U.S.) for his record of successfully representing clients before the ITC.

Experience

  • Successfully settled a six-patent suit filed by Preservation Technologies on behalf of Yahoo! Inc. (C.D. California).
  • Medtronic, Inc. et al. v. AGA Medical Corporation (N.D. California) – Represented Medtronic in a multi-patent infringement dispute involving the material properties and structures relating to stents used in the cardiovascular system; obtained a $57 million-plus jury verdict on behalf of client.
  • WIAV Networks, LLC v. 3Com Corp., et al (N.D. California) – Represented Hewlett-Packard in a patent litigation involving wireless networking technology; obtained favorable settlement after successful claim construction ruling.
  • Adiscov v. FTI Consulting et al. (E.D. Virginia) – Represented FTI Consulting in a patent suit regarding electronic discovery tools; achieved dismissal of the complaint and a favorable settlement.
  • Medtronic, Inc. v. W.L. Gore (N.D. California) – Represented Medtronic in a patent infringement case asserting six separate patents relating to cardiovascular medical devices; favorably settled case for Medtronic.
  • Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc. v. U.S. International Trade Commission (Federal Circuit) – Represented AATI in several ITC trials and appeals before the Federal Circuit involving switching voltage regulators.

Awards

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2008-2013)
  • The Daily Journal’s “Top IP Litigators in California”  (2010)
  • Super Lawyers Northern California (2010-2013)
  • The Legal 500 US Leading LawyerPatent Litigation: International Trade Commission (2009)

Insights

Publications

  • “Court Clarifies FRAND Rate Standards,” The Recorder (May 10, 2013)
  • “What The Motorola FRAND Ruling Means For Your Company," Law360 (May 2, 2013)
  • “A Potential Gap in the ITC’s Authority: Method of Use Claims,” Landslide Vol. 1 No. 6 (July/August 2009)
  • “The ITC’s Pilot Mediation Program for 337 Investigations: A Primer,” IP Law & Business (October 20, 2009)
  • “The Impact of Kyocera v. ITC,” Law Journal Newsletters (January 2009)

Presentations

  • “Judicial and Regulatory Rulings Affecting Value,” PLI conference on “Building a Law Department IP Licensing Program: Driving Shareholder Value,” (September 20, 2013)
  • “Enforcement of Standard-Essential Patents,” Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Bench and Bar Conference (June 21, 2013)
  • “Litigating Against Non-Practicing Entities,” PLI’s Advanced Patent Law Institute (March 19, 2013)
  • “Essential Questions about Standard-Essential Patents,” Berkeley and Stanford Law Schools’ Annual Advanced Patent Law Institute (December 6, 2012)
  • National Taiwan University College of Law/Industrial Technology Research Institute IP Conference on Non-Practicing Entities (October 30-31, 2012)
  • “RAND in the Courts,” Berkeley Center for Law and Technology seminar (October 26, 2012)
  • “The New Meaning of ‘Domestic Industry’ and Why NPEs Are Filing in the ITC,” Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel “All Hands” meeting (December 7, 2011)