Mehran Arjomand

Partner | Los Angeles | (213) 892-5630
(213) 892-5630

Mehran Arjomand is chair of the firm's Patent Trial and Appeal Board Practice and heads the firm's technology patent practice. Mr. Arjomand began his legal career as a litigator. After five years, he joined Morrison & Foerster, where he developed a strong foundation in USPTO prosecution and procedure. With his combined litigation and prosecution experience, he is able to counsel clients on end-to-end strategies—from patent creation to patent challenges.

In his role as chair of the firm's Inter Partes Review and Post Grant Practice and previously the firm's Patent Reexamination Group, he has overseen hundreds of post-grant proceedings. He not only initiates post-grant proceedings for petitioners but also defends patent owners in such proceedings, from filing to appeal. Mr. Arjomand also regularly provides strategic guidance for and management of post-grant proceedings co-pending with litigation.

Representative completed post-grant matters include the following.

  • PGR2017-00009 Successfully represented patent owner PhishMe in PGR. The USPTO denied the petition based on a PGR eligibility argument.
  • PGR2017-00001, IPR2017-00123
    Defendant settled with petitioner Yuneec shortly after filing of petitions.
  • IPR2014-01266, -01313
    Defended patent owner HML against two inter partes reviews by different parties, resulting in claim survival or petition denial.
  • IPR2013-00593, -00594, -00597, -00598 
    Represented petitioner Yamaha in a series of inter partes reviews in which all pending claims were found unpatentable in final written decisions by the USPTO.
  • IPR2013-00149
    Shortly after inter partes reviews became available, filed and led this review for petitioner Wavelock Advanced Technology. All pending claims were subsequently cancelled by patent owner.
  • Reexamination Control No. 95/001,734
    Prepared and led inter partes reexamination of patent asserted against Yahoo! All pending claims were cancelled.
  • Reexamination Control No. 95/001,381
    Successfully defended patent owner through appeal. Federal Circuit issued a precedential decision, 
    805 F.3d 1350, in favor of Netlist.
  • Reexamination Control No. 95/000,293
    Prepared and oversaw this inter partes reexamination of a patent asserted against EchoStar. All pending claims were cancelled or amended. The matter settled favorably for EchoStar.

In addition to his practice relating to adversarial PTO proceedings, Mr. Arjomand regularly prosecutes patent applications. He concentrates his prosecution work on consumer electronics, semiconductor processing, and automotive technologies. Mr. Arjomand works closely with clients in these technology sectors to develop and manage their patent portfolios. Additionally, Mr. Arjomand lived in Japan in 2008, where he worked extensively with Japanese technology companies to develop their global patent portfolios.

Mr. Arjomand received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991, where he graduated with high honors. He obtained his J.D. from Berkeley Law in 1995.

Mr. Arjomand is admitted to practice in California and is registered to practice before the USPTO.
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