Hector Gallegos is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. His practice has emphasized patent litigation and other high-technology disputes through trial. Mr. Gallegos has represented foreign and domestic companies in patent litigation in U.S. District Courts, before the International Trade Commission, and before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also counsels clients in support of licensing intellectual property rights worldwide.
Mr. Gallegos was formerly head of the firm’s Los Angeles litigation department. His substantial experience includes a broad range of complex business litigation involving copyright infringement, software development disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition. Mr. Gallegos also has considerable experience with government contracts in the defense procurement area and has represented clients in connection with government investigations under the federal False Claims Act.
Mr. Gallegos is particularly effective in representing technology companies. His effectiveness in client advocacy is bolstered by his technical education and seven years’ experience as an engineer with Hughes Aircraft Company, where he developed specific expertise designing and supervising design teams in the areas of computer hardware and software architecture, communication systems, digital and analog electronics, and digital signal processing. Mr. Gallegos holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering.
Active in several professional organizations, Mr. Gallegos served on the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association’s Committee on Local Patent Rules for the Central District of California. He is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues both in the United States and internationally. He has also served on the UCLA Law Alumni Board and is a trustee of the Mexican American Bar Foundation. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Gallegos served on the Board of Commissioners for the Los Angeles Convention Center. Mr. Gallegos also maintains an active pro bono practice, and he was awarded the Pro Bono Civil Liberties Award by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California in 2000.
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