Nathan B. Sabri

Partner | San Francisco

nsabri@mofo.com | (415) 268-6641

nsabri@mofo.com
(415) 268-6641

In my practice, I get to unite a love of the science and technology that drives our clients and legal strategy to help them achieve their objectives in their most important disputes.

Nate is an intellectual property trial lawyer with experience on both sides of the table. He has tried cases for plaintiffs, including one resulting in a judgment in excess of $500 million, and for defendants, resulting in complete defense victories. Nate has litigated patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret issues, and has represented clients in federal courts and state courts at both the trial court and appellate level. He represents clients in the high-tech, life sciences, and consumer products industries, having advised and litigated on subject matters covering a wide range of industries, including blockchain, touch technology software and hardware, network security, surgical robotics, antibody development, and noninvasive prenatal diagnostics.

Recently, Nate was a member of the in-court trial team for high-profile smartphone cases that led to four jury verdicts totaling over $1 billion. Shortly before the final trial in that dispute, he represented a division of Symantec in two successful trials defending against claims of patent infringement. He has also obtained numerous wins in advance of trial, including a complete summary judgment victory confirming patent ownership for Yahoo!, and a favorable claim construction for clients C&A Marketing and Polaroid in a utility patent and design patent case that led to swift resolution.

Nate is also deeply involved with the firm’s extensive pro bono practice. In a recent victory, he led a Morrison & Foerster team that won asylum for a transgender woman who was forced to flee her native country. Nate also represented a nonprofit human rights organization defending against allegations of trademark infringement related to the organization’s use of a parody logo, obtaining a swift denial of the plaintiff’s request for a temporary restraining order, followed by a voluntary dismissal of the entire case.

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Experience

  • Member of in-court trial team in high-profile smartphone cases leading to four jury verdicts totaling over $1 billion.

  • (Northern District of California). Represented Symantec division Blue Coat in two trials, defending against claims of patent infringement. The first trial resulted in a victory, but with no verdict as to two of six patents, and the second trial resulted in a mistrial after a favorable appellate ruling in a related prior matter. The case resolved in a favorable settlement after the retrial.

  • (Northern District of California, District of New Jersey). Represented PLR IP Holdings/Polaroid and C&A Marketing in pair of cases against GoPro, asserting design patent claims and defending against claims of utility patent infringement, copyright infringement, and false advertising. Defeated early motion for judgment on the pleadings in design patent case, and secured favorable claim construction in utility patent case. Case resolved in a settlement.

  • (San Francisco County Superior Court). Represented Restoration Hardware in high-profile case against Crate & Barrel, Crate & Barrel’s former CEO (and former RH employee), and another former RH employee for trade secret misappropriation. Case resolved in a settlement.

  • (Immigration Court). Obtained asylum after four-year effort for pro bono client.

  • (Eastern District of California). Defeated request for temporary restraining order and obtained voluntary dismissal of action relating to nonprofit organization Courage Campaign’s use of logo parodying ProtectMarriage.com’s logo on website tracking California Proposition 8.

  • (District of Utah, Tenth Circuit). Represented Novell in case involving ownership of copyrights relating to UNIX and Linux operating systems. Member of trial team that procured jury verdict that Novell owned the UNIX copyrights. Member of appellate team that successfully defended verdict in Tenth Circuit appeal.

  • (Northern District of California). Represented Autodesk in trademark infringement action relating to protectability of Autodesk’s “DWG” mark. Obtained consent judgment of trademark validity as part of settlement.

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