Marta Belcher is an attorney in Ropes & Gray's globally recognized intellectual property litigation practice. Marta has experience working on complex matters related to patents, trademarks, copyrights, and false advertising. Marta is a leader in the area of blockchain law, representing blockchain companies in matters related to intellectual property and speaking about the topic around the world.
As the author of "Hacking the Patent System: A Guide to Alternative Licensing Options for Innovators," a comprehensive guide to patent aggregators and patent pledges, Marta advises clients and speaks frequently on the topic of defensive patent licensing strategy.
Marta has experience managing the day-to-day of litigations, including drafting briefs and motions, overseeing discovery, managing deadlines, and participating in depositions and hearings. She has worked on matters in district courts, the Federal Circuit, the Ninth Circuit, and the Supreme Court, as well as proceedings in the International Trade Commission, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
During law school, Marta interned for Apple's intellectual property & licensing team and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Marta has been named The Huffington Post's "Greatest Person of the Day" for her work as the director of a nonprofit, and was featured in Forbes for her Stanford Law School graduation speech.
- XR Communications, LLC v. Extreme Networks, Inc. (C.D. Cal.) – Representing Extreme Networks in a patent infringement lawsuit involving patents related to MU-MIMO wireless technology.
- Panther Rock Wine Company, LLC v. 6 Degree Tequila, LLC (TTAB) – Representing a wine producer in cancellation proceedings in the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
- Guardant Health, Inc. v. Foundation Medicine, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) – Represented Foundation Medicine in a false advertising litigation involving genomic testing technology.
- JC Waugh Wine Co. v. Bronco Wine Company et al. (N.D. Cal.) – Represented a large wine producer in a trademark infringement lawsuit.
- Blue in Style, LLC et al. v. ES/EX Corp. et al. (N.D. Cal.) – Represented Bronco Wine Company in a trademark and false advertising dispute.
- Plectrum, LLC v. Extreme Networks (E.D. Tex.) – Defended Extreme Networks in a patent infringement lawsuit involving wireless technology.
- Affinity Labs of Texas v. Samsung (Fed. Cir.) – Part of a team that successfully represented Samsung in a Federal Circuit appeal of an inter partes review proceeding involving a patent relating to portable audio devices.
- Samsung v. Rembrandt Wireless Technologies (Fed. Cir.) – Part of a team that represented Samsung in a Federal Circuit appeal involving patents relating to bluetooth technology.
Roviv. Comcast et al. (E.D. Tex. / ITC / PTAB) – Part of a team that represented Rovi in district court, International Trade Commission, and Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings involving interactive program guides and related hardware and software. Extreme Networks – Represented Extreme Networks in responding to third-party subpoenas.
- Broadcom v. NXP Semiconductors B.V. (N.D. Cal.) – Part of a team that successfully defended a global semiconductor manufacturer in a patent licensing agreement dispute.
- Co-author, “Defensive Patenting Strategies for Blockchain Innovators,” Law360 (October 10, 2017)
- Co-author, “Patent Litigation Issues to Watch in 2017,” Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal (December 28, 2016)
- Co-author, “Hacking the Patent System: A Guide to Alternative Patent Licensing for Innovators,” The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Engine Advocacy (January 2016 update)
- Co-author, “How States Can Fight Patent Trolls,” Engine Advocacy (October 2015)
- Co-author, “Low-Cost Licensing of Photographs in the Digital Age: Options and a Proof of Concept,” Stanford Law School Policy Lab (July 2015)
- Co-author, “Hacking the Patent System: A Guide to Alternative Patent Licensing for Innovators,” The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Engine Advocacy (May 2014)
- Co-author, “Legal Framework and Predictions for Bone Marrow Donor Recruitment,” Stanford Law School Policy Lab (April 2014)
- Speaker, “Digital Gold in the Physical World: Cryptocurrency and the Law,” University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering (April 11, 2018)
- Speaker, "Blockchain for Civil Society Organizations," International Civil Society Centre Innovators Forum, Berlin (February 27, 2018)
- Panelist, "The Future of Blockchain Regulation," Crypto HQ (World Economic Forum satellite event), Davos, Switzerland (January 24, 2018)
- Speaker, “Hacking the Patent System,” Patent Pledges Roundtable, American University (September 14, 2017)
- Speaker, “Hacking the Patent System: Defensive Patent Licensing Options for Innovators,” UC Berkeley Center for Law & Technology (August 31, 2017)
- Speaker, “Hacking the Patent System: Patent Aggregators and Other Alternative Patent Licensing Options,” LOT Network Bridge All Members Meeting (May 11, 2017)
- “Digital Gold in the Physical World: Cryptocurrency and the Law,” Speaker, UC Berkeley Center for Social Ontology (January 25, 2017)
- Panelist, “The Future for Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies,” FinTech Silicon Valley (October 24, 2016)
- Speaker, “The WikiSpeech,” Bay Area WikiSalon, Wikimedia (August 31, 2016)
- Speaker, “Defensive Patent Aggregators and Patent Pledges,” Ropes & Gray IP Master Class Financial Services Roundtable (April 28, 2016)
- Speaker, “Hacking the Patent System: Alternative Patent Licensing Options,” Blockchain Patents Roundtable, Stanford Law School (March 25, 2016)
- Panelist, “Hacking the Patent System,” The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Engine Advocacy (February 2, 2016)
- “FDA’s Proposed Framework for Laboratory Developed Tests,” Speaker, Stanford Law School Center for Law and the Biosciences (February 5, 2015)