Evan Finkel, leader of Pillsbury’s Los Angeles Intellectual Property group, handles all aspects of patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition and computer law. Evan’s practice has a particular focus on all aspects of computer-related technologies and consumer electronics.
He has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in IP litigation and post-grant proceedings, as well as alternative dispute resolution proceedings, most often involving numerous parties and a multitude of patents.
He negotiates technology agreements, prepares IP-related opinions and prosecutes and manages portfolios relating to patents, trademarks and copyrights. He also frequently spearheads IP due diligence in corporate mergers and acquisitions.
REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE :
- Secured an $18 million settlement payment to Toshiba Corp. in a patent infringement action against a Taiwanese competitor over DVD technology, and later won a $13 million arbitration award, confirmed on appeal, for further royalties due under the settlement agreement.
- Represented patent owner Globeride Inc. in an inter partes review proceeding in which all challenged claims of Globeride’s patent on an “Oscillate Mechanism for a Fishing Spinning Reel” were found patentable over the prior art.
- Represented petitioner Medtronic in three inter partes review proceedings in which all challenged claims to a “Percutaneous Aortic Valve Replacement” were found unpatentable by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, a ruling the Federal Circuit affirmed on appeal.
- Represented petitioner MasterImage 3D in an inter partes review proceeding in which all challenged claims to a “Polarization Conversion Systems for Stereoscopic Projection” were found unpatentable.
- Represented Toshiba Corp. in a suit against the then-largest Korean manufacturer of personal computers for infringement of six patents, in both district court and bankruptcy court.
- Represented Intermix Media LLC (f/k/a eUniverse Inc.) in defending suit for infringement of patent on “Prize Redemption System for Games” asserted against online tournament games.
- Represented Yamaha Corp. of America in defending suit for infringement of four patents asserted against network audio and theater products that support Ethernet connectivity.
- J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1981
- B.S., State University of New York, Binghamton, 1978
ADMISSIONS : California
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. District Courts, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California
- U.S. Courts of Appeals, Ninth Circuit and Federal Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
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