Norman H. Beamer

Retired Partner

  • JD, magna cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1978; Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards; Member, Michigan Law Review
  • MBA, University of Illinois, 1975; Sigma Iota Epsilon
  • MS (Physics), University of Illinois, 1973
  • BS (Engineering Physics), magna cum laude; Honors program, Lehigh University, 1968; Phi Beta Kappa; Tau Beta Pi; Phi Eta Sigma


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

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • 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 Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property Inns of Court
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2007 - 2014)

Norman H. Beamer

Retired Partner

Norman Beamer retired in 2013 with 35 years of experience representing patentees and those accused of infringement in all aspects of patent litigation relating to cellular telecommunications technologies, digital electronics, semiconductor processing, microprocessor architecture, software and Internet technology, and related technologies. He handled contractual agreements, licensing, re-examinations, patent applications, and copyright and trademark litigation. Norman has a lifetime background in mathematics, high energy physics, electrical engineering and business administration, as well as experience in acting, theatrical set design, and digital graphics. This eclectic combination of skills and interests gave him a unique ability to master the facts, law, and technology, while finding creative ways to solve problems and effectively present his case to the judge, jury, or other audience of fact finders.


  • Transmeta Corp. v. Intel Corp.: Spent six years consulting with and advising Transmeta on patent portfolio, followed by litigation. Case settled favorably for $250 million, which was the top patent damage settlement in 2007.
  • Ampex Corporation v. Abekas, et al.: Obtained favorable settlement for Ampex in a patent. infringement action involving Ampex's Emmy Award-winning television graphics technology.
  • Ampex Corporation v. Mitsubishi Electronic Corporation: Represented Ampex in both the lawsuit and countersuit, winning both jury verdicts.
  • Ampex Corporation v. SonyAmpex Corporation v. Kodak: Advised Ampex on a patent licensing program encompassing a number of patents related to digital still cameras. This resulted in over $100 million in royalties for the client.
  • Paypal v. Certco: Represented Paypal in patent lawsuit against Certco.
  • Tumbleweed, Inc. v. The docSpace Company Inc.: Obtained favorable summary judgment of noninfringement for docSpace.
  • Pixar v. Nvidia: Obtained favorable settlement for Nvidia in 3D graphics technology matter.
  • Motorola v. Research In Motion. Represented Motorola, Inc. in a multi-jurisdictional dispute against BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion ("RIM"), including in the United States International Trade Commission, alleging infringement of patents directed to a wide range of telecommunications technology. Matter settled, resulting in significant royalties to Motorola.


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