Colette Reiner Mayer

Partner | Palo Alto | (650) 813-5990
(650) 813-5990

Colette Reiner Mayer focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation and arbitration, primarily high-technology patent and trade secret litigation. Colette has litigated cases relating to a wide range of technologies, including semiconductor design and manufacture, data compression, cosmetic polymers, mobile application distribution systems, videoconferencing systems, sports trading cards, and data storage systems. She also counsels companies regarding FinTech products and services, including blockchain. In addition to litigation, Colette frequently advises companies regarding pre-litigation risk assessment.

Colette 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, New York. More recently she worked with the team that secured a preliminary injunction requiring the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to improve conditions in its Arizona Detention Facilities. The firm and co-counsel sued over the deplorable conditions within the cells, which were initially designed as temporary holding facilities. Through court-ordered expedited discovery, the team obtained photos of the conditions, which were later widely publicized. The firm was named to Law360’s 2016 list of the nation’s top pro bono firms. MoFo is one of only two firms that have been honored every year since the list’s inception.

Colette is an author of the Patent Case Management Judicial Guide, published by the Federal Judicial Center and LexisNexis. The guide is a comprehensive overview of best practices and procedures in patent cases, and is provided to all federal district judges.

Colette previously served on the Editorial Board of the Quarterly Journal of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). She is a frequent commentator on legislative developments impacting patent law.

BTI Consulting Group named Colette to its list of 2019 BTI Client Service All-Stars for her work in Intellectual Property Litigation.

Colette 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. Colette is conversant in Japanese.

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  • (Eastern District of Texas) Defended NetApp against patent infringement claims relating to data compression and deduplication functionality.

  • (Northern District of California) Defended AirWatch against assertions of four patents by a competitor. The case settled after expert discovery.

  • (District of Delaware) Defended NetApp against patent infringement claims related to Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks (RAID) technology.

  • (District of Delaware) Defending Fairchild Semiconductor against patent infringement claims related to testing systems for use in semiconductor manufacturing.

  • (District of Delaware) Defended Intel against patent infringement claims related to wafer polishing machines used in semiconductor manufacturing.

  • (Southern District of New York). Represented Nikon in defending against patent infringement claims aimed at lithography machines used in the fabrication of LCD displays.

  • Represented a multinational corporation in a contractual dispute over a failed joint venture regarding diagnostic testing equipment.

  • Represented a multinational corporation in a contractual dispute regarding the scope of a patent cross-license agreement.

  • Served as co-trial counsel in a six-week jury trial in San Mateo Superior Court for Los Angeles World Airports Authority in a breach of contract action brought by a terminated contractor. Plaintiff’s damages included a claim for millions of dollars in future lost profits which the jury unanimously rejected.

  • (Northern District of California) Represented Altera in a declaratory judgment action regarding patent infringement claims against a wide range of technologies in the company’s field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

  • (District of Delaware) Defended Altera against a patent infringement claim related to phase-lock-loop circuits.

  • (District of Delaware) Defended Altera against patent infringement claims asserted against a wide range of technologies in Altera’s field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

  • (Northern District of California) Represented Ubiquiti Networks in a counterfeiting and trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement action involving counterfeit wireless networking devices. Obtained a worldwide temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against defendants, who settled with a stipulation to the entry of a permanent injunction. The case was recognized by the Daily Journal as a “Top Plaintiff Verdict by Impact” for 2013.

  • (Northern District of California) Defended Altera in a patent infringement action involving 24 patents related to a wide range of technologies in application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

  • (Northern District of California) Defended Adobe against a trade secret claim regarding software for developing applications for mobile phones.

  • (Eastern District of Texas) Defended Codian against patent infringement claims related to videoconferencing technology.

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