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Michael A. Jacobs

Partner | San Francisco

I draw energy and inspiration from my clients’ cutting-edge work in the life sciences and technology sectors. We collaborate and innovate to win their cases, just as my clients do to advance science and technology.


(ICDR Arbitration and Eastern District of Texas). Serves as lead counsel for plaintiff Seagen (f/k/a Seattle Genetics) in an antibody-drug conjugate contractual ownership arbitration and an infringement action involving patents infringed by Daiichi’s Enhertu treatment.

(District of Delaware). After an eight-year battle, obtained at trial and defended on appeal a nearly $50 million judgment against WARF. The case arose out of an inter-institutional agreement between University of Wisconsin and Washington University. He successfully established that WARF undervalued the patent.

(District of New Jersey). Obtained a walk-away settlement of patent infringement claims brought by Nasdaq against IEX, the exchange made famous by Michael Lewis’s book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt.

(Northern District of California). Successfully defended Uber against a patent infringement lawsuit involving driver location mapping, obtaining summary judgment and dismissal of the appeal.

(Northern District of California). Successfully defended Nevro’s exclusivity in high-frequency spinal cord stimulation in a patent infringement suit against Boston Scientific.

(District of Delaware). Obtained a rare preliminary injunction barring Stimwave from infringing Nevro’s patents on high-frequency spinal cord stimulation therapy. The case settled the following year with a stipulated permanent injunction.

(Northern District of California). Obtained award of attorneys’ fees for Genentech against Phigenix after defeating Phigenix’s patent infringement claim against Genentech’s pioneering Kadcyla antibody-drug conjugate cancer treatment.

(Central District of California). Obtained favorable settlement of intellectual property claims brought by Yardi and antitrust counterclaims brought by Entrata in a dispute involving rental property management software.

(Northern District of California). Obtained a favorable settlement midway through a widely followed trade secret and patent infringement trial involving self-driving car technology.

(Southern District of New York). Obtained a favorable settlement in a dispute between McCartney and Sony Music over McCartney’s copyright reversionary rights in Beatles songs.

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Hall of Fame: Litigators