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Colette Reiner Mayer

Verkuil, Colette R.


Palo Alto, (650) 813-5990


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S., 2000)
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Yeshiva University (J.D., 2003)

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New York

Colette Reiner Mayer is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Ms. Mayer focuses on intellectual property litigation, primarily patent and trade secret litigation in the semiconductor industry. Apart from working on cases involving semiconductor-manufacturing technologies, Ms. Mayer has litigated cases relating to a wide range of technologies, including gel nail polish, mobile application distribution systems, videoconferencing systems, sports trading cards and data storage systems.

Ms. Mayer also has experience in intellectual property counseling, opinion work, and patent and trademark prosecution.

Ms. Mayer is Vice Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. She was part of the Morrison & Foerster pro bono team that worked alongside Advocates for Children of New York to secure a favorable settlement for hundreds of public school children who were denied a public school education in Brooklyn, NY.

Ms. Mayer serves on the Editorial Board of the Quarterly Journal of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).

Ms. Mayer graduated cum laude from Cardozo Law School in 2003, where she was an editor of the Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. She received her bachelor of science in mathematics from MIT in 2000. Before attending law school, she lived in Osaka, Japan, where she worked at Osaka Gakuin University.

Ms. Mayer is conversant in Japanese.

Anvik v. Nikon
(Southern District of New York). Represented Nikon in defending against patent infringement claims aimed at lithography machines used in the fabrication of LCD displays.
Intellectual Ventures v. Altera
(District of Delaware). Represented Altera in defending against patent infringement claims asserted against Altera’s field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Altera v. LSI
(Northern District of California). Represented Altera in a patent infringement action involving 24 patents relating to application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and FPGAs.
ThinkVillage Kiwi v. Adobe
(Northern District of California). Represented Adobe in defending against a trade secret claim regarding software for developing applications for mobile phones.
Polycom v. Codian
(Eastern District of Texas). Represented Codian, in defending against patent infringement claims regarding videoconferencing technology.