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DLA Piper LLP (US)
EAST PALO ALTO, CA 94303-2214
United States

Work Department

Intellectual Property and Technology; Patent Litigation




Clayton Thompson is a technology lawyer with more than 20 years of experience in handling disputes and transactions involving electronic devices, computer hardware and software, industrial machines, vehicle technology, and consumer goods. The majority of Clayton’s practice involves trial work in patent cases concerning cutting-edge technology. Clayton has successfully litigated cases involving both computer hardware related to processor architecture, memory, peripherals and graphics processing, as well as computer software relating to operating systems, networking and encryption. Clayton’s experience includes multiple trials focused on smartphones and the technologies embedded in these devices, including user-interface advances, device orientation and location features, biometrics, cloud-based server support and advanced video capabilities.

Clayton’s practice more broadly involves developing legal solutions for companies in the high-technology sector. Clayton advises clients concerning intellectual property portfolio development, risk management, contracts and licensing, in addition to litigation. Clayton has been a speaker on topics related to patent law, litigation and Intellectual Property licensing. He has also served as a committee chair and member of legal and technical professional societies focused on litigation, intellectual property and computer technologies.


J.D., Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law; B.S.E.E., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)

DLA Piper LLP (US)‘s patent litigation team is ‘an amazing group of exceptionally talented and hardworking lawyers.‘ The ‘great, dedicated and responsive‘ team has experience across the gamut of patent litigation, including matters in the district courts and the Federal Circuit, the PTAB and the ITC. Following the merger with Liner LLP on the West Coast in autumn 2017, the practice further bolstered its life sciences offering on the East Coast with the arrival of Michael Dougherty and Tony Pezzano in New York, both of whom joined from Hogan Lovells US LLP. Technology-related instructions remain a core focus for the group, with a major recent highlight including practice head Mark Fowler successfully defending Toshiba against Intellectual Ventures, averting infringement claims for ten patents covering semiconductor memory chips and consumer electronics. Clients also include Samsung Electronics, Nike and BASF. Other names to note are ‘outstanding strategist‘ John Guaragna in Austin, the ‘awesome‘ Steven Park in Atlanta, San Diego quartet Sean CunninghamErin GibsonRichard Mulloy and Stan PanikowskiStuart Pollack in New York, Carrie Williamson in Silicon Valley, Boston’s Larissa Bifano and Michael Strapp, and Paul Steadman and Matthew Satchwell in Chicago. Clayton Thompson and Jake Zolotorev joined in Silicon Valley from Feinberg Day LLP and Tamany Vinson Bentz joined the Los Angeles office from Venable LLP. Additionally, Eric Hagen arrived from McDermott Will & Emery LLPPatrick Park, also in Los Angeles, was promoted to of counsel, while former of counsel Vincent Crowley joined TiVo and John Garvey joined Noria Therapeutics. Lawrence McClure and Gerald Sekimura retired. Todd Paterson also left the firm.