Sorin Zaharia applies his Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences and plasma physics and background as a research scientist to his intellectual property litigation practice.
Dr. Zaharia’s work involves technologies related to digital cameras, image and video processing, semiconductor lithography, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), medical devices, and biotechnology. He is experienced with drafting dispositive motions, patent claim construction, Daubert and discovery briefs, drafting invalidity and non-infringement contentions, drafting inter partes review petitions, working with experts on their opinions, and preparing expert witnesses for deposition and trial.
Dr. Zaharia is admitted to practice in California and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his Ph.D. in astrophysical sciences/plasma physics from Princeton University.
At Berkeley, Dr. Zaharia served as senior annual review editor on the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. He received the Law and Technology Certificate and earned Jurisprudence Awards in Advanced Legal Writing and Insurance Law, as well as the Prosser Prize in Patent Litigation II: PTAB and ITC. While pursuing his doctorate at Princeton, he received the Ray Grimm Memorial Prize in Computational Physics.
Before joining the firm, Dr. Zaharia was a research scientist in a prominent government laboratory. He is an author or co-author of more than thirty scientific papers published in refereed journals.
Carl Zeiss AG & ASML Netherlands B.V. v. Nikon Corp. (Central District of California). Represented Nikon in two patent infringement cases involving digital camera technologies. Jury returned verdicts in favor of Nikon in both cases, finding none of the patents infringed and one patent invalid.
Phigenix, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc. (Northern District of California). Represented Genentech in a case involving a patent directed to breast cancer treatments. Court granted summary judgment in favor of Genentech and found the case exceptional, entitling Genentech to attorneys’ fees. Currently on appeal at the Federal Circuit.
Nikon Corp. v. ASML US, Inc. (District of Arizona). Represented Nikon in a 28 U.S.C. 1782 action for obtaining discovery for use in foreign proceedings. The district court granted Nikon’s application. Affirmed by the Ninth Circuit.
Nikon Corp. v. GlobalFoundries U.S. Inc. (Northern District of California). Represented Nikon in a 28 U.S.C. 1782 action for obtaining discovery for use in foreign proceedings. The district court granted Nikon’s application. Affirmed by the Ninth Circuit.
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