With 20+ years of experience in high-stakes IP and technology related litigation, I enjoy representing clients in cases involving new, complex, and sector-changing technologies.

Rudy is the chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Litigation Department in Palo Alto and is a member of the firm’s Diversity Strategy Committee.  He has over twenty years of experience representing clients in high-stakes IP and technology related litigation in federal district and appellate courts, and before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). He has also successfully tried criminal jury cases with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, and regularly teaches Trial Advocacy classes at Stanford Law School.                     

Rudy’s representative clients include Autodesk, Freescale Semiconductor, Fujitsu, Logitech, Netgear, Palo Alto Networks, Silicon Image (now Lattice Semiconductor), TSMC, and Uber.  His matters have involved a wide range of complex, cutting-edge technologies, including:

  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Computer hardware and software
  • Consumer electronics
  • Data storage
  • Network security
  • Semiconductors (design and fabrication)
  • Wireless communication
  • Medical devices

Prior to joining Morrison & Foerster, Rudy served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alan D. Lourie of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.

Rudy is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization limited to one-third of one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. In 2013, he was selected as a global fellow by the Federal Circuit Bar Association, a program limited to senior IP and patent attorneys who have a strong international focus in their practice and who have achieved recognition within their own organizations as future leaders. He is also recognized as a leading patent lawyer by Who’s Who Legal: Patents 2016.

Rudy serves as a Vice Chair of the Patent Litigation Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association. He is a past president of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley and a member of the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association, the San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the International Association of Korean Lawyers.

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  • Defended TSMC and downstream respondents in two concurrent ITC investigations involving multiple patents relating to semiconductor manufacturing and design technologies. (International Trade Commission).

  • Defended Uber in multi-patent litigation involving location sharing technology. Successfully won summary judgment of noninfringement of all asserted claims. (Northern District of California).

  • Defending TSMC in multi-patent case involving semiconductor manufacturing and design technology. (District of Delaware & International Trade Commission).

  • Successfully obtained award of $7.5M in damages plus prejudgment interest on behalf of a small medical technology fund against a large pharmaceutical company in a breach of contract case involving medical device technology. (JAMS).

  • Defended Uber in a high-profile trade secrets and patent infringement case against Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle subsidiary. Successfully defended Uber against far-reaching motion for preliminary injunction and secured dismissal of all patent infringement claims prior to favorable settlement. (Northern District of California).

  • Representing Palo Alto Networks in a multi-patent case involving Internet security-related technology. Successfully moved to stay case after initiating inter partes review (IPR) of asserted patents. (Northern District of California).

  • Defending Autodesk in multi-patent case involving Boolean operations technology for 3D computer graphics software. (Northern District of California).

  • Representing Fujitsu in multi-patent case involving data compression technology. Successfully moved to stay case pending inter partes review (IPR) of asserted patents. (Eastern District of Texas).

  • Defended Autodesk in a patent case involving computer-assisted design (CAD) technology. Initiated covered business method (CBM) challenges to asserted patents, resulting in all asserted claims being found unpatentable by the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). (Eastern District of Texas).

  • Defended Freescale through trial in a multi-patent litigation involving semiconductor bus architecture, arbitration, and power-management technology. Successfully secured summary judgment and judgments as a matter of law (JMOLs) of non-infringement on several claims prior to global settlement of related actions. (Northern District of California).

  • Represented defendants in multi-patent case relating to semiconductor fabrication technology. (Northern District of California).

  • Defended Autodesk in litigation involving a patent directed to product knowledge management. Obtained a “walk away” dismissal, with prejudice, of all claims against Autodesk. (Eastern District of Texas).

  • Defended Autodesk in litigation involving memory mass storage device technology. Obtained a “walk away” dismissal, with prejudice, of all claims against Autodesk. (District of Delaware).

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