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Bryan Wilson

Wilson, Bryan


Palo Alto, (650) 813-5603


University of California, Berkeley (B.A., 1983)
Stanford Law School (J.D., 1988)

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Bryan Wilson is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group and leads the litigation department in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Mr. Wilson is a first-chair trial lawyer with an expansive range of experience handling intellectual property matters in a variety of venues. His successful track record in recent years includes trade secrets and patent cases in both state and federal courts. Mr. Wilson is also active in pre-litigation and adversarial licensing counseling for clients hoping to avoid, or prepare for, litigation.

Mr. Wilson’s jury trials include Hansen Medical, Inc. v. Luna Innovations, Inc., which was tried in Santa Clara County Superior Court and resulted in a $36 million trade secret and breach-of-contract verdict for Hansen Medical.

Mr. Wilson also has extensive experience in arbitration proceedings with JAMS/Endispute, the American Arbitration Association and private arbitration proceedings, including the arbitration of business disputes and trade secret matters.

Mr. Wilson also maintains an active pro bono practice, having handled matters for groups including the Mono Lake Committee, Peninsula Open Space Trust, and Tuolumne River Trust. Before law school, Mr. Wilson worked for the Save San Francisco Bay Association and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2012, 2013 and 2014, Legal 500 US recommended Mr. Wilson as a leading attorney for trade secrets, describing him as “‘a very smart, thoughtful attorney,’ who is ‘courteous and assertive in trial.’”

Hansen Medical v. Luna Innovations Inc.
(Santa Clara County Superior Court). Won a $36.3 million victory for Hansen Medical Inc. in 2009. After a four-week trial involving medical robotics, a jury found that the defendant had willfully misappropriated trade secrets and breached two contracts.
Applied Biosystems v. Illumina Inc.
(Northern District of California): Represented the world’s largest maker of DNA sequencing systems, Applied Biosystems (AB), against one of its biggest competitors, Illumina, seeking a declaratory judgment that AB’s newest DNA sequencing system did not infringe patents held by Illumina and that the patents were invalid. The patents involved biotechnology, electronics and software elements. AB prevailed on a key summary judgment ruling of noninfringement on one of the four asserted claims. During trial, eliminated one other claim as invalid, and another as not infringed. After a three-week trial, the jury agreed that AB’s probes did not infringe the remaining claim. All rulings were affirmed on appeal.
Altavion v. Konica Minolta Systems Lab
(San Mateo County Superior Court). Defended KMSL in several week long bench trial of trade secrets and breach of contract claims involving document authentication software. The court rejected the breach of contract claim, and awarded $1 million of trade secrets damages despite demand for $1 billion in damages at trial. Case currently on appeal.
Immunomedics v. SinoMab
(Delaware Chancery Court). Obtained bench trial verdict for Immunomedics on breach of contract claims; also obtained attorney’s fees.
Soitec v. Silicon Genesis
(District of Massachusetts): Defended patent infringement claims in jury trial involving semiconductor manufacturing processes. Jury found one patent to be invalid for lack of enablement and awarded small fraction of damages sought on second patent-in-suit.
In the Matter of Certain Mobile Devices Incorporating Haptics
(International Trade Commission): Represented Immersion in ITC investigation of products imported by Motorola and HTC.
Immersion Corp. v. HTC
(District of Delaware): Representing Immersion in patent litigation involving haptics technology in mobile devices.
Nalco Corp.
Representing Nalco in multiple patent cases involving use of solid water treatment products.
Ecolab Corp.
Representing Ecolab in a series of patent cases involving methods of food processing, sanitization, and treatment.
ProconGPS, Inc v. Skypatrol LLC
(JAMS arbitration): Representing Skypatrol in patent infringement action involving GPS products.