Colette Reiner Mayer focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation and arbitration, primarily high-technology patent and trade secret litigation. Ms. Mayer 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, Ms. Mayer frequently advises companies regarding pre-litigation risk assessment.
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, 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.
Ms. Mayer 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.
Ms. Mayer 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.
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.
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