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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

555 CALIFORNIA STREET, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104, USA
Tel:
Work +1 415 439 1400
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Fax +1 415 439 1500
Web:
www.kirkland.com

Adam Alper

Tel:
Work +1 415-439-1876
Email:
Web:
www.kirkland.com
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Work Department

Litigation

Position

Adam Alper is in Kirkland’s intellectual property litigation group and handles significant disputes with respect to both asserting and defending intellectual property rights. Adam has significant experience representing clients in high-stakes patent litigation involving major entities in the semiconductor, telecommunications, computer hardware and pharmaceutical industries. Adam also has significant experience with trade secret disputes in high-tech industries. Last year, Adam was named “California Lawyer of the Year” in connection with his work on Cisco Systems Inc. V. Arista Networks Inc., and has been named a “Top IP Lawyer” by the Daily Journal.

Education

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., 1998, summa cum laude) Order of the Coif; Stanford University (B.A., 1994).


United States: Intellectual property

Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

Within: Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has one of the most successful ITC practices in the market. Joint practice heads Gregory Arovas in New York and Paul Brinkman in Washington DC are regularly involved in the biggest ITC investigations, which recently included two separate ITC investigations instituted against Arista after the firm's client, Cisco Systems, had filed two complaints regarding several of its patents, requesting to exclude every Arista product from entering into the US. Heineken International instructed the team to defend it against a complaint filed by Anheuser-Busch alleging the infringement of four patents related to bag-in-bottles or bottle-in-bottles technology. Michael De Vries in Los Angeles, San Francisco's Adam Alper and Sarah Piepmeier, and Joseph Loy are other main contacts. Clients also include BASF, IBM and Nike.

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Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Within: Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is praised by clients for its 'exceptional combination of legal, business and technical understanding'. 'Indisputably one of the nation's largest and most qualified teams', the 'very well-coordinated' group 'tends to dig deeper than most firms'; it has a broad sectorial spread and proven expertise in all the major US patent litigation venues, including the PTAB. Marcus Sernel in Chicago and New-York based practice head Gregory Arovas successfully defended Apex Tool Group against a patent infringement suit brought by LoggerHead Tools regarding a patent covering a wrench. New York's Jeanne Heffernan defeated Sycamore IP Holdings in infringement litigation it had brought forward against AT&T Services over a coding scheme patent, sparing the client $200m in damages. In Chicago, Kenneth Adamo is 'one of the nation's top legal minds' and Russell Levine is 'an exceptional litigator'. San Francisco's Sarah Piepmeier is 'a great lead counsel'. Adam Alper, also in San Francisco, and Los Angeles colleague Michael De Vries 'are thorough and focused on ensuring decisions are made that support the long-term view of a case'. IP practice head Gregg LoCascio in Washington DC, Amanda Hollis in Chicago and Leora Ben-Ami in New York are also recommended. Abbott Laboratories, Cisco and Samsung Electronics also feature on the client roster.

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Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Within: Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's sizable IP team is regularly involved in trade secret disputes. New York- based Dale Cendali leads the team and alongside Joshua Simmons represented IBM in a dispute against Teraproc, which is run by former IBM employees, alleging that the start-up used source code owned by the client for its workload management platform. Also in the New York office, Claudia Ray and Joseph Loy acted for Dollar Shave Club against Edgewell Personal Care Company, which allegedly used an unlawful non-compete agreement for a senior employee who now works for the client. Los Angeles-based Diana Torres defended EVelozcity and two of its executives in trade secret litigation brought by Faraday Future involving AI electric vehicle technology. From the DC office, Christopher Mizzo represented The Chamberlain Group in litigation against a number of competitors alleging trade secret misappropriation in relation to garage door openers. Another contact in DC is Craig Primis, who represented Boeing in a dispute against its former subcontractor, which alleged that a misappropriation of confidential information arose from the US Air Force’s award of a contract to the client. San Francisco-based Adam Alper and Michael De Vries from the Los Angeles office acted for Motorola against Hytera Communications, which allegedly stole thousands of the client's documents.

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