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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’s 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. – one of 2009’s 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

Patent litigation: full coverage

Within: Patent litigation: full coverage

Mainly active in the electronics, life sciences and technology sectors, Ropes & Gray LLP has recently bolstered its PTAB practice with the arrival of Washington DC’s Scott McKeown from Oblon and increased its life sciences expertise in New York with Filko Prugo from O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Richard McCaulley in Chicago and Andrew Thomases from the Silicon Valley office jointly lead of the practice. The recent caseload includes representing Godo Kaisha IP Bridge in multi-patent litigation against Broadcom and assisting TiVo with the filing of patent infringement suits against, among others, Comcast, ARRIS and Technicolor. CJ CheilJedang, Fujitsu and Honeywell are also clients. Mark Rowland, James Batchelder and Gabrielle Higgins in Silicon Valley and Jesse Jenner in New York are key contacts. Steven Baughman and counsel Megan Raymond left for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, while Nicole Jantzi, Paul Schoenhard and Ian Brooks joined McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

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United States: Media, technology and telecoms

Technology: transactions

Within: Technology: transactions

Particularly focused on private equity sponsors, Ropes & Gray LLP’s clients span software, the internet, financial services, healthcare, consumer technology, media, semiconductors and telecoms. Recent work includes advising Mentor Graphics on its sale to Siemens Industry. The practice group leaders are Boston-based Edward Black, Jane Goldstein (who splits her time between Boston and New York) and Silicon Valley’s Andrew Thomases. New York-based Harry Rubin and Boston’s William Shields are other key contacts. Global M&A head Paul Scrivano joined from O'Melveny & Myers LLP in early 2017 and splits his time between the New York, Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices.

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