Intellectual Property

The Hagens Berman intellectual property team represents intellectual property owners and exclusive licensees against corporate America in high stakes litigation. We specialize in complex cases with significant damages. Our clients include inventors, universities and companies with valuable intellectual property rights in a wide range of technologies and industries.

Hagens Berman's IP practice is the best option for individual inventors, small companies and non-practicing entities with infringement claims. Here's why:

We offer contingent fee arrangements that give us the incentive to produce results for our clients. Under these fee arrangements, we do not collect fees unless we win a monetary recovery in the form of a verdict or settlement of your case.

Our focus on plaintiffs enables us to move more quickly than other firms in reviewing claims and beginning litigation in an intellectual property case. Other IP litigation law firms are often impeded by a time-consuming process to eliminate conflicts-of-interest.

Our deep legal bench gives us the resources to litigate intellectual property lawsuits against large corporate infringers. We have patent lawsuits on file in numerous jurisdictions against some of the largest technology giants in the world, including Oracle, Apple, Nintendo, Salesforce, LG and Samsung. Our clients include universities, small companies and individual inventors.

Our current and recent engagements include the following:

The firm represents Thought Inc. against Oracle Corporation in a suit alleging infringement of seven patents covering various aspects of middleware systems providing application to database mapping, reading and persistence.

Salesforce INC.
The firm represents Applications in Internet Time LLC in patent litigation against Salesforce Inc. The suit alleges that our client’s patents cover the core architecture of salesforce’s platform for developing, customizing, and updating cloud-based software applications.

The firm represented Japan-based Shinsedai Company in patent infringement litigation against Nintendo. The suit alleged that our client’s patents were infringed by various sports games for the Nintendo Wii.

EA Madden
The firm represents the original software developer of the Electronic Arts (EA) NFL Madden Football video game series in a suit alleging that he is owed royalties on EA Madden NFL titles as well as other derivative products. We prevailed in two trials against EA, and the verdicts were designated as the Top Verdict of the Year (2013) by The Daily Journal. The judgment is on appeal and if upheld will return for a final damages phase.

Samsung, LG, Apple
The firm represents FlatWorld Interactives LLC in patent litigation against Samsung, LG and Apple. The complaints allege that the defendants’ mobile handsets, tablets, media players and other devices infringe a FlatWorld patent covering the use of certain gestures to control touchscreen displays.

Alnylam, MIT, Max Planck Institute
The firm represents the University of Utah against Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Max Planck Institute in a suit seeking to correct inventorship on patents covering discoveries in gene therapy involving silencing of target gene expression in cells through RNA interference. Hagens Berman defeated a motion to dismiss the case at the district court, won again on appeal to the Federal Circuit and defeated defendants' petition for certiorari by the Supreme Court. The case is set for trial in 2015.

The firm represents Femto-Sec Tech Inc. and its founder Joseph Neev in patent and breach of contract litigation against Alcon Laboratories and certain Alcon subsidiaries. The patents cover foundational applications of lasers in the fields of ophthalmic surgery and dermatology.

Bombardier Inc.
The firm represents Arctic Cat Inc. in patent infringement litigation against Bombardier Recreational Products. The complaint alleges that Bombardier's Sea-Doo personal watercraft infringe Arctic Cat's patents covering temporary steerable thrust technology used when the rider turns in off-throttle situations.

Intellectual Property Cases

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Case Date Status Court
Bombardier Recreational Products Oct 16, 2014 Active U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Angry Birds Aug 4, 2014 Active U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
Jim Brown Publicity Rights Nov 18, 2013 Active Superior Court of California Nov 15, 2013 Active U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
NFL Films Aug 20, 2013 To Be Refiled U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Oracle Oct 31, 2012 Active U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
LG Electronics Jul 20, 2012 Active U.S. District Court, District of Delaware
Samsung Jun 22, 2012 Active U.S. District Court, District of Delaware
Nintendo Wii Dec 1, 2011 Settled U.S. District Court, District of Northern California
Electronic Arts Mar 30, 2011 Active U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
University of Utah - RNAi Mar 22, 2011 Active U.S. District Court, Massachusetts

'Date' refers to the date of a settlement, the date an investigation started, or the date a case was filed.