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Jack W. Londen

Partner
San Francisco, (415) 268-7415
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Jack Londen is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Londen is a trial lawyer with 35 years of experience in patent litigation and complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts at the trial court and appellate levels. He has also handled many commercial arbitration matters arising from merger and acquisition transactions. He has led significant cases involving public education, civil rights, and other public interest matters.

Mr. Londen has been recognized for his work, for example, in The National Law Journal’s 2006 “Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America,” in The Best Lawyers in America (2006–2008), and as a recipient of the 2005 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award for Civil Rights from California Lawyer Magazine. He was recommended by Super Lawyers 2009, and as was recognized as one of the “Ten Best Lawyers in the San Francisco Bay Area” by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003. Mr. Londen is also recommended in the field of Dispute Resolution in Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2014.

Mr. Londen is the president of the Consortium for the National Equal Justice Library in Washington, D.C. He has served as co-chair of the National Lawyers’ Committee on Civil Rights Under Law, a founder of Lawyers for One America, chair of the California Commission on Access to Justice, chair of Californians for Legal Aid, chair of the Legal Services Section of the State Bar of California, president of the Public Interest Clearinghouse in San Francisco, and chair of the Legal Services Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco. 

Mr. Londen has received awards for his public interest work from organizations such as the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the State Bar of California, the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the National Center for Youth Law, California Rural Legal Assistance, the San Francisco Eviction Defense Collaborative, and the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Mr. Londen received his A.B. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1975, and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1978. He is a member of the bars of California and Arizona. He served as law clerk to the Honorable William W. Schwarzer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, in 1979 and 1980. In 1980, Mr. Londen became an associate with Morrison & Foerster; he became a partner of the firm in 1984.

Anvik v. Nikon
(Southern District of New York). Led the team defending Nikon against patent infringement claims aimed at lithography machines used in fabrication of most of the large-panel LCD displays in the world.
Nikon v. ASML
(Northern District of California). After Nikon lost an action it had brought in the International Trade Commission, Nikon retained Morrison & Foerster as trial counsel in a companion action in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. We also supervised related litigation in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. Mr. Londen led the Nikon team together with Harold McElhinny. The dispute settled in November 2004 after defendants ASML and Carl Zeiss SMT, A.G., agreed to pay Nikon $145 million. Decisions from this action are published at 308 F.Supp. 3d 1039 (2004) and 222 F.R.D. 2d 647 (2004).
Post-Closing Purchase Price Adjustment Arbitrations
Represented buyers and sellers in approximately 20 arbitrations regarding post-closing purchase price adjustments after M&A transactions. In arbitrations led by Mr. Londen over the past four years, clients of Morrison & Foerster have recovered tens of millions of dollars in purchase price adjustments.
Sarei v. Rio Tinto
(Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit). Obtained the dismissal, on constitutional grounds, of mass tort claims against mining giant Rio Tinto Corporation. The claims, asserted in the U.S. District Court in the Central District under the Alien Tort Statute, are based on events on Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea, where civil strife in 1989 closed the company’s copper-mining operations there and lasted until a U.N.-brokered peace in 1997. Mr. Londen argued the dismissal motion and the appeal to three-judge and en banc panels of the Ninth Circuit. Recently, the dismissal was affirmed based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, U.S. 133 S.Ct. 1659 (2013).
Williams v. State of California
(Superior Court of California, San Francisco County). Co-lead counsel for a class of all students in public elementary and high schools in California with too few textbooks and instructional materials; crowded, unsafe or unhealthy school facilities; and too few qualified teachers. After four years of litigation and months of settlement negotiations, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the State Legislature enacted five statutes to implement a settlement recognizing new standards for schools and securing approximately $1 billion in funding for implementation.
AMERCO Consolidated Derivative Litigation
Represented the corporation, which is the holding company for the U-Haul rental and storage network, in defending against derivative litigation at the trial court level and in the Supreme Court of Nevada. Assisted in obtaining the recent complete dismissal of the case on the first day of trial.
Leica v. Nikon
(District of Delaware). As lead counsel for Nikon, we successfully defended Nikon in a patent infringement case involving microscope design.
Estate of Hillblom
Represented the executor of the estate of a founder of DHL Corporation in the Probate Court of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. For the last year of the proceedings, Mr. Londen served as lead counsel for the executor in the main probate proceeding and more than 30 collateral lawsuits and arbitrations in multiple jurisdictions, involving hundreds of millions of dollars in assets, bringing all of the proceedings to a successful close.
Investigation of Altera
Participated in the successful defense of Altera Corporation in an International Trade Commission investigation and hearing based on allegations of patent infringement involving programmable logic integrated circuits.
Action Technology v. Novell
(Northern District of California). Obtained a summary judgment for Novell in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, and an affirmance in the Federal Circuit, on patent infringement allegations brought by the assignee of a patent related to groupware software.
Target Therapeutics v. Boston Scientific
(Northern District of California). Represented the patentee in a patent infringement case in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California involving interventional neuroradiological catheters. We obtained a preliminary injunction against two large competitors of the patentee; one of the competitors then agreed to acquire the patentee while the case was on appeal.
Northern Telecom v. Samsung
(Northern District of California). Represented Northern Telecom in a successful case in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco asserting claims of infringement of a fundamental patent on plasma-etching technology in semiconductor fabrication.
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