Marta Belcher is an attorney in Ropes & Gray's globally recognized intellectual property litigation practice, with experience working on complex patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, and false advertising matters. Marta is a leader in the area of blockchain law, representing blockchain companies and a blockchain trade association in matters related to intellectual property and public policy, as well as speaking about blockchain law around the world, including at the World Economic Forum in Davos and in the European Parliament in Brussels.
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.
- Digital Asset Trade Association – Representing a blockchain trade association in matters related to legislation and public policy.
- Decentralized Code Network (Deconet) – Representing a blockchain company in intellectual property licensing matters.
- Michael Grecco Productions, Inc. v. NetEase Information Technology Corporation (C.D. Cal.) – Representing NetEase Information Technology Corporation in a copyright infringement lawsuit involving photographs.
- Hately v. Watts (4th Circuit) – Represented amici curiae the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and New America’s Open Technology Institute in a matter involving e-mail privacy.
- DIFF Scale Operation Research, LLC v. Extreme Networks, Inc. (S.D.N.Y.) – Represented Extreme Networks in a patent infringement lawsuit involving patents related to networking technology.
- 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.
- Profiled, “Blockchain Law and Intellectual Property,” Exploring Minds (September 16, 2018)
- Quoted, “Code & Conduit Blockchain Patent Podcast,” Bloomberg Law (August 20, 2018)
- Podcast, “Episode 32: Talking Blockchain Patents with Ropes & Gray,” Bloomberg Law (August 19, 2018)
- Quoted, “Blockchain Looks To Avoid Patent Wars Of The Past,” Law360 (July 12, 2018)
- Quoted, “Blockchain Patent Holders Look to Dodge Trolls, Lawsuits,” Bloomberg Law Tech & Telecom Law (June 21, 2018)
- Cited, “The Evolving Patent Pledge Landscape,” Centre for International Governance Innovation (April 2018)
- Cited, “Supreme stamps out fakes, Super Bowl trademark rush, and Grumpy Cat prevails: news round-up,” Lexology (January 30, 2018)
- Cited, “The Effects of Arbitration Agreements on the America Invents Act’s Inter Partes Review Procedure,” Columbia Law Review (January 30, 2018)
- Cited, “Hidden Costs of Free Patents,” Ohio State Law Journal (December 29, 2017)
- Cited, “Limiting Downstream Effects of Patent Licensing Activity in Software and Electronics: An Argument for Alienability of Patent Licenses to Licensees Business Successors,” The Chicago-Kent Law Review (October 20, 2017)
- Co-author, “Defensive Patenting Strategies for Blockchain Innovators,” Law360 (October 10, 2017)
- Quoted, “Encrypted Email Service Latest to Join Anti-Patent Trolling Group,” Observer (May 31, 2017)
- Cited, “LOT NETwork Too Big for Antitrust?,” Hastings Science and Technology Law Journal (May 9, 2017)
- Cited, “Allocating Patent Litigation Risk across the Supply Chain,” Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal (January 5, 2017)
- Cited, “Standing Against Bad Patents,” Berkeley Technology Law Journal (2017)
- Co-author, “Patent Litigation Issues to Watch in 2017,” Bloomberg BNA’s Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal (December 28, 2016)
- Cited, “Finding The Right Way To Deal With Patent Demand Letters,” Law360 (September 8, 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)
- Cited, “Giving the Federal Circuit a Run for Its Money: Challenging Patents in the PTAB,” Notre Dame Law Review (December 2015)
- 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)
- Cited, “IP Strategy in Complex Product Systems: The Tesla Case,” Polytechnic University of Turin (July 2015)
- Cited, “Unlocking Patents: Costs of Failure, Benefits of Success,” Economists Incorporated (January 27, 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, “Blockchain: Backbone of the Digital Age,” European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (June 26, 2018)
- Participant, Global Digital Finance Mini-Summit, New York (June 18, 2018)
- Presenter, “Cryptocurrency and the Law,” Stanford Law School (May 24, 2018)
- Participant, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Blockchain Workshop, Paris, France (May 15-16, 2018)
- Speaker, “Smart Contracts,” New York Blockchain Dinner, New York (April 23, 2018)
- Participant, Global Digital Finance Mini-Summit, New York (April 23, 2018)
- 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)