Mehran Arjomand is a co-chair of the firm’s United States Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) Trial Practice Group. Mr. Arjomand began his legal career as a litigator. After five years, he joined Morrison & Foerster, where he developed a strong foundation in PTO prosecution and procedure. With his combined litigation and prosecution experience, Mr. Arjomand regularly oversees adversarial proceedings at the PTO and has led the firm’s Patent Reexamination Group. Mr. Arjomand has handled or advised on more than 50 reexaminations, with an emphasis on inter partes reexaminations. He has experience initiating and defending reexaminations at all stages, from filing to appeal. Mr. Arjomand also regularly counsels clients on adversarial PTO proceedings co-pending with litigation.
Representative clients include Apple, EchoStar/Dish Network, Kyocera, Netlist, Oracle, Time Warner, The Motion Picture Association of America, Verizon, Yahoo!, and Yamaha.
- EchoStar. Prepared and oversaw the inter partes reexamination of a patent asserted against EchoStar. All original claims were canceled, except one claim which was amended. The matter settled favorably for EchoStar.
- Mitsubishi. Represented Mitsubishi in requesting inter partes reexamination of a patent. All claims were canceled.
- Yamaha. Handled ex parte reexaminations of two patents asserted against Yamaha. All claims were canceled.
- ConjuChem. Worked on a team that successfully defended a patent during reexamination.
- Amado. (USDC, Central District of California). Successfully represented an individual software inventor in a patent infringement trial against Microsoft, resulting in an award of $6.9 million jury verdict, which was affirmed by the Federal Circuit on appeal. Successfully defended the patent during reexamination as all original claims were confirmed.
In addition to his practice relating to adversarial PTO proceedings, Mr. Arjomand regularly prosecutes patent applications. He concentrates his prosecution work on consumer electronics, semiconductor processing, and automotive technologies. Mr. Arjomand works closely with clients in these industries to develop and manage their patent portfolios, with a particular emphasis on Japanese companies. Mr. Arjomand lived in Japan in 2008.
Mr. Arjomand received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991, where he graduated with high honors. He obtained his J.D. from Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) in 1995.
Mr. Arjomand is admitted to practice in California and is registered to practice before the PTO.