Gabrielle E. Higgins

Partner

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  • JD, Fordham University Law School, 1989
  • BA (Premedical Studies, English), College of the Holy Cross, 1985

Qualifications

  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • California Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association
  • International Trademark Association

Gabrielle E. Higgins

Partner

Gabrielle Higgins is an IP litigation partner in Ropes & Gray’s Silicon Valley office. She is a trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience litigating complex patent cases involving diverse technologies. She tries cases for industry-leading companies and has extensive experience representing high tech clients before the USPTO, the Federal Courts and International Trade Commission, and has worked on numerous PTAB challenges.

Experience

  • Broadcom v. NXP Semiconductors N.V. (C.D. Cal.) – Defending a major semiconductor company in a patent infringement case involving analog circuit technologies, cryptography, and secure authentication.
  • Affinity Labs of Texas, LLC v. A Major Korean Electronics Company et al. (E.D. Texas): Representing a major Korean electronics company in a multi-defendant patent infringement case alleging infringement of patents relating to systems and methods for communicating media content.
  • In the Matter of Certain Gaming and Entertainment Consoles, Related Software, and Components Thereof, Investigation No. 337-TA-752 (ITC): As trial counsel in the ITC for Motorola, obtained determination of infringement on two patents asserted against Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
  • Motorola v. Microsoft (W.D. Wisconsin/W.D. Washington): As trial counsel in Seattle Washington for Motorola, litigating patent and contract action involving the Xbox 360 and Windows.
  • Smart Memory Solutions v. Panasonic et al. (N.D. California): As litigation counsel for Fujitsu, obtained early settlement in multi-defendant patent litigation involving microcontrollers with flash memory.
  • OPTi Inc. v. Advanced Micro Devices (E.D. Texas): As trial counsel for AMD, defended litigation over patents relating to processors and chipsets. The case settled favorably for AMD, shortly before it would have been submitted to the jury.
  • Worlds.com v. NCsoft Corp. (E.D. Texas/N.D. California): Successfully concluded litigation over patents directed to multiplayer online games, after transferring case from E.D. Texas to N.D. California.
  • Linear Technology Corp. v. Impala et al. (N.D. California): Represented LTC in six-party litigation over patent related to switching voltage regulators in which LTC won settlement valued in excess of $100 million. 
  • Linear Technology Corp. v. Micrel, Inc. (N.D. California): Trial counsel for LTC in litigation over patent for transistor drive circuitry. Obtained judgment that LTC’s patent was valid, enforceable, and infringed.

Awards

  • The Recorder’s 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law (2014)
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence list (2013)

Insights

Publications

  • Co-author, “The Timing of Settlements in Post-Grant Proceedings,” Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal (October 24, 2014)
  • Quoted, “Patent Lawyers Split on Impact of Switch to First-to-File System,” The Recorder (February 12, 2013)
  • Silicon Valley Business Journal "Woman of Influence" (2013)

Presentations

  • Speaker, “Patent Challenges at the USPTO: Advanced Practice Tips for Making Effective Use of Invalidity Trial Proceedings,” ACC-SFBA’s 3rd Annual Institute for Advanced Corporate Counsel (iACC), San Francisco, CA, April 10, 2014
  • Speaker, “Latest Developments in IP Litigation & More,” Institute for Advanced Corporate Counsel (iACC) 2.0 - Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), Santa Clara, CA, May, 2013
  • Speaker, "Ropes & Gray West Coast Lunchtime Legal Briefing Teleconference - Patent Litigation Before The ITC: Recent Developments And Trends," March 2013
  • Speaker, "Year in Review: 2012 Patent Litigation Legal Landscape and Lessons Learned," Association of Corporate Counsel - Bay Area Chapter (January 2013)
  • Speaker, "News from the IP Front: The Federal Circuit’s Akamai Opinion and Updates on the America Invents Act," Ropes & Gray Asia Morning Briefing Teleconferences (September 2012)
  • Speaker, "News from the IP Front: The Federal Circuit’s Akamai Opinion and Updates on the America Invents Act," Ropes & Gray CLE Seminar, Silicon Valley (September 2012)
  • Panelist, "What You Need To Know About Mobile Patent Wars," Association of Corporate Counsel - Bay Area Chapter (July 2012)
  • "Multi-Defendant Patent Litigation: Front Line Strategies for Success," SVAGC 22nd All Hands Meeting, Santa Clara, CA (2010)
  • "The First Step is the Hardest: Responding to Claims of Infringement," Association of Corporate Counsel, Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA (2010)
  • "Northern District of California: What Works and What Does Not," Venue Based Patent Litigation Strategies,” PLI, San Francisco, CA (July 2010)
  • Panelist,“Litigation Makes Strange Bedfellows,“ Association of Corporate Counsel San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, San Francisco and Palo Alto, CA (July 2009)