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Andrew Thomases

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Andrew Thomases is a nationally-recognized, first-chair trial lawyer with over 20 years of experience litigating complex patent and trade secret cases in federal courts throughout the country, as well as before the International Trade Commission. He has achieved numerous successes for companies in the fields of computer technology, semiconductors, analog circuits, wireless technology and medical devices, among other areas. Andrew recently served as lead counsel for flash memory chip maker Spansion in a large set of multi-patent litigations against its rival Macronix International. Andrew‚Äôs representation included four ITC investigations, three district court cases, eleven inter partes review proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office, and coordination of multiple patent litigations in Germany. After two successful trials before the ITC, and after obtaining sanctions against Macronix, the litigations settled favorably for Spansion. As a first-chair litigator, Andrew also obtained a complete defense decision at the ITC for Advanced Analogic Technologies, Inc., a semiconductor device company, and supported that decision in two appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He was also a key member of a team that obtained a $57 million-plus jury verdict on behalf of medical device maker Medtronic Inc. ‚Äď one of 2009‚Äôs largest plaintiff verdicts in California. He has extensive experience in many U.S. district courts, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Districts of California, and the District of Delaware.

United States: Intellectual property

Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Within: Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Technology-related work is Ropes & Gray LLP's mainstay, but the group has bolstered its life sciences bench with the arrival of Filko Prugo from O'Melveny & Myers LLP, and Charlotte Jacobsen from Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto. Acting as co-counsel, the team represented TiVo in district court and ITC litigation, including PTAB proceedings, regarding programme guide technology, wherein the practice group asserted TiVo patents against Comcast, Arris and Technicolor. The team also represented Godo Kaisha IP Bridge 1 in several proceedings against TCL Communications, Intel and Qualcomm, involving standard-essential LTE patents regarding the first opponent, and semiconductor manufacturing patents regarding the latter two opponents. Other notable instructions came from Emerson Electric, Veeco Instruments and Vizio. Andrew Thomases in Palo Alto directs the practice. Andrew Radsch, also in Palo Alto, and Washington DC's Matthew Rizzolo made partner. Alexander Middleton in New York was promoted to counsel. Richard McCaulley left to found McCaulley Dowell.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology transactions

Within: Technology transactions

Ropes & Gray LLP is instructed by telecoms companies, financial institutions and private equity groups, a recent example of which included advising TPG Capital in its stock acquisition of internet operating systems provider Wind River Systems, involving the negotiation and drafting of IP transition services, licensing and collaboration agreements. In addition, the team acted for semiconductor manufacturer M/A-Com Technology Solutions Holding in a licensing and joint venture arrangement with STMicroelectronics for the development of certain telecoms technology. The practice group is jointly headed by Jane D. Goldstein, who divides her time between New York and Boston, Edward G. Black in Boston and Silicon Valley-based Andrew N. Thomases. Also recommended are Matthew Jacobson, who joined the team from King & Spalding LLP and divides his time between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and recently promoted partner Regina Sam Penti, who divides time between Boston and London.

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