MoFo’s NDCal Patent Tracker & Resource Center

This site is a resource on the judges, trends, and decisions for IP cases in the Northern District of California. MoFo has a long track record in the Northern District and has litigated landmark intellectual property cases through verdict in all three of its divisions handling IP cases.

MoFo's NDCal Patent Tracker

San Francisco

Phillip Burton Federal Building & United States Courthouse

450 Golden Gate Ave
San Francisco, CA
94102

San Francisco is the largest division in the Northern District of California. It has ten district judges, four of whom are senior status, and five magistrate judges. Judge James Donato and Jacqueline Scott Corley are Patent Pilot Judges and magistrate judges Joseph C. Spero, Laurel Beeler, Sallie Kim, and Elizabeth D. Laporte are Patent Magistrate Judges. The courthouse is located near the Civic Center and other government buildings in San Francisco. Civil actions arising in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Sonoma are assigned to either the San Francisco Division or the Oakland Division, with the exception of certain cases (such as IP cases), which are assigned on a district-wide basis.

San Jose

Robert F. Peckham Federal Building & United States Courthouse

280 South 1st Street
San Jose, CA
95113

The San Jose courthouse is located in downtown San Jose. It has two district judges and three magistrate judges. Magistrate judges Nathanael Cousins and Susan van Keulen are Patent Magistrate Judges. Civil actions arising in the counties of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Benito, or Monterey are assigned to the San Jose Division, with the exception of certain cases (such as IP cases), which are assigned on a district-wide basis.

Oakland

Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building & United States Courthouse

1301 Clay Street
Oakland, CA
94612

The Oakland courthouse is located in downtown Oakland. It has six district judges, four judges of whom are senior status, and two magistrate judges. Civil actions arising in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Sonoma are assigned to either the San Francisco Division or the Oakland Division, with the exception of certain cases (such as IP cases), which are assigned on a district-wide basis.

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