Jennifer J. Schmidt

Partner | San Francisco | (415) 268-6448
(415) 268-6448

As an accomplished and effective advocate and advisor with an electrical engineering and computer science degree from Harvard and a law degree from Yale, Jennifer is a unique talent equipped with the skills and experience to master the details of clients’ technologies and legal concerns while offering strategic problem-solving and artful advocacy.

Leading technology companies call upon Jennifer to design and implement litigation strategies in high-stakes patent litigation and attendant commercial and intellectual property litigation matters in federal district courts and at the International Trade Commissions (ITC). Her matters have included a wide range of technological fields, including computer hardware and software, video compression and streaming, smartphone apps, network security, search algorithms, semiconductor physics, LED light bulbs, and varied consumer products.

Jennifer consistently obtains positive results for her clients, including victories on dispositive motions, at trial, and on appeal. She frequently realizes successful outcomes at strategic litigation milestones, such as prevailing on advantageous claim constructions and winning motions to transfer and stay. Jennifer delivers for her clients in all aspects of offensive and defensive patent litigation.

Jennifer is co-chair of the San Francisco Intellectual Property Association’s advisory council.

While at Yale Law School, she served as managing editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Technology. At Harvard University during her undergraduate career, she worked in the Harvard Robotics Lab.

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  • (ITC Inv. No. 337-TA-1172.) Represented Amazon in an ITC investigation initiated by the Regents of the University of California alleging infringement of patents related to filament LED lightbulbs. The investigation terminated when the Regents withdrew the complaint shortly before trial.

  • (Central District of California). Defended Amazon in a patent litigation matter involving filament LED lightbulbs and in parallel investigation at the ITC. District court case is ongoing.

  • (District of Delaware). Lead counsel defending Kaltura in a patent litigation involving video hot spots. The case is currently stayed following a favorable claim construction report and recommendation.

  • (Northern District of California). Defended NortonLifeLock (fka Symantec) in litigation asserting eight network security patents. The case is currently stayed pending inter partes review (IPR).

  • (District of Delaware). Successfully defended Spotify in a patent litigation involving encrypted digital media transmission and access. Secured favorable ruling on motion to dismiss for lack of patentable subject matter.

  • (District of Delaware). Represented Spotify in a patent litigation involving electronic thumbprints and recommendation engines for digital media. Secured early favorable settlement.



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