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James Hannah is a patent litigator based in Silicon Valley. He tries cases for high-tech companies across the country.

Clients turn to Mr. Hannah for his ability to take extremely complicated technology and break it down in a simple and understandable manner. For plaintiffs, he has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars from judgments and settlements. For defendants, Mr. Hannah has obtained a variety of wins for his clients. These defensive victories include walk-away dismissals, jury verdicts of non-infringement and global settlements with no payment exchanged.

At trial, Mr. Hannah has received accolades for his court room performance. Clients, judges and opposing counsel have commended Mr. Hannah for delivering “effective” and “flawless” examinations of trial witnesses. As a result, he is often called upon to cross-examine industry-leading, seasoned expert witnesses in high-stakes litigations. 

Mr. Hannah’s recent court room victories include: 

  • Finjan v. Secure Computing – Mr. Hannah represented Finjan in a hotly contested case involving fierce market competitors where both companies asserted claims of patent infringement. In a sweeping victory, Mr. Hannah and his team obtained a jury verdict of willful infringement resulting in a $40 million judgment and a permanent injunction prohibiting any further manufacturing or sales of the accused products. For the cross-claims against his client, the jury found no liability for any of the asserted patents. The verdict was later affirmed by Federal Circuit. The case is known as the “zenith in the wining of Beauregard claims” based on arguments presented at trial and on appeal and is heavily cited in the legal industry. 
  • Ultra Clean Technology v. Celerity – Mr. Hannah represented Ultra Clean Technology against claims of patent infringement in a declaratory judgment action. The case involved 8 patents covering various aspects of semiconductor manufacturing equipment. During the case, Mr. Hannah and his team obtained a dismissal of 1 patent during discovery, a holding of no liability for 5 patents during summary judgment, a successful design around for 1 patent, and a jury verdict of non-infringement for the remaining patent. 
  • ProtectConnect v. Cooper Wiring – Mr. Hannah represented Cooper Wiring in a patent infringement case involving modular wiring devices and systems. Mr. Hannah and his team identified a winning strategy early in the case and pursued it with early and aggressive motion practice. After several hearings, the case was dismissed with no payment exchanged.

Mr. Hannah has substantial experience in USPTO proceedings and has obtained excellent results when used strategically with corresponding district court litigations. Recently, he obtained a complete dismissal of a patent infringement case after a cancellation of all claims during reexamination. In another matter, he obtained an indefinite stay of a district court proceeding after the USPTO required the patentee to substantially amend the asserted claims. With the recent rise of inter-partes review filings, a number of clients have selected Mr. Hannah as their lead counsel to represent them before the USPTO Board.

In addition to patent litigation, Mr. Hannah regularly provides intellectual property counseling services for clients. He also maintains an active patent, trademark and copyright procurement practice. As a partner in Kramer Levin’s patent and trademark practice, he was recently honored when U.S. News & World Report ranked the IP group in the top tier nationally.

Mr. Hannah is an active member of the intellectual property community and is frequently asked to provide CLE lectures for academic and industry leaders. He also has been a guest lecturer in the Federal Litigation class at Stanford University School of Law for the past five years.

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J.D., with honors,, Golden Gate University, San Francisco, 2005
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B.S.E.E., University of California, San Diego, 2002
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California
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District of Columbia
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New York
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U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
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Jerusalem Magistrate Court (Israel)
    -American Bar Association
    -American IP Law Association
    -California Bar Association
    -District of Columbia Bar Association
    -Intellectual Property Owners Association, Litigation Committee
    -New York Bar Association
    -Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Association
    -San Francisco Intellectual Property Association