Funds Talk: April 2016
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James Hannah is a patent litigator based in Silicon Valley. He tries cases for high-tech companies across the country. An accomplished and effective courtroom advocate, Mr. Hannah is known for his skill and experience in examining industry-leading expert witnesses on critical issues at the heart of often high-stakes litigation, as well as his ability to take extremely complicated technology and explain it in a simple and understandable manner. He represents patent holders seeking to enforce their patent rights and has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in judgments and settlements. He also defends clients against allegations of infringement, and has obtained a variety of defensive wins for his clients, including walk-away dismissals, jury verdicts of non-infringement and global settlements with no payment exchanged. Mr. Hannah’s notable work includes representing Finjan Inc., a computer and network cybersecurity company, in multiple patent litigations to protect its technology patents. In the most recent litigation in the Northern District of California, the jury, after a two-week trial, returned a unanimous verdict that the defendant had literally infringed four Finjan patents and had infringed a fifth patent under the doctrine of equivalents. The jury awarded Finjan $39.5 million in compensatory damages. The verdict was named as one of the Daily Journal’s Top Verdicts in 2015. Mr. Hannah’s defense work includes successfully defending Sirius XM in a patent infringement case involving the transmission and demodulation of satellite signals. In a multipronged attack, Mr. Hannah and his team elicited testimony during fact discovery that allowed a key piece of prior art into the case and subsequently obtained an admission from the plaintiff’s expert during cross-examination that the asserted patent was invalid in light of the reference. The case settled on favorable terms shortly thereafter. In addition to patent litigation, Mr. Hannah regularly represents clients in proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In 2015, Mr. Hannah was named as one of the top 20 inter partes review practitioners in the country, according to Docket Navigator’s Year in Review. He has successfully represented patent owners, avoiding institution of trial and confirming claims as patentable over the prior art. On behalf of petitioners, he has obtained excellent results strategically using these proceedings with corresponding District Court litigations. Recently, he obtained a complete dismissal of a patent infringement case after a cancellation of all claims in an inter partes review proceeding. Mr. Hannah also maintains an active patent, trademark and copyright procurement practice for a variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to Silicon Valley startups. He is an active member of the intellectual property community and is frequently asked to provide CLE lectures for academic and industry leaders. He has also been a guest lecturer in the Federal Litigation class at Stanford University School of Law for over five years.