Aaron R. Hand
Aaron is a techie at heart, as his practice reflects. He has experience litigating patents cases in a wide array of technologies, and has participated in several trials. He has also litigated trade secret disputes, and helped unravel an engineer’s attempted cover-up of trade secret theft and wrongful solicitation — contributing to a massive arbitration award exceeding $500 million. He has also advised clients in reporting and responding to vulnerability reports and Computer Fraud & Abuse Act claims. Aaron has been recognized as a SuperLawyers Rising Star for several years. Aaron is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US).
Before entering legal practice, Aaron worked as a network engineer and computer consultant. He earned his bachelor of science, cum laude, in Chemical Engineering, with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering, from UCLA. In addition to his coursework, he worked as a research assistant in the department’s aerosol and nanotechnology laboratory.
He also serves as a volunteer board member for a non-profit early childhood development center in the Silicon Valley.
Awards & Recognition
- Super Lawyers Rising Stars
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
Presentations & Publications
- Recent Case Overview, 9th Annual Patent Institute, Practicing Law Institute (March 2015)
- Marine Polymer v. HemCon: An “Amended or New” Standard for Intervening Rights, Practicing Law Institute (Co-Presenter) (April 2, 2012)
- SOPA: The Death of the Internet, or Brands’ Saving Grace, IP Inn of Court Presentation (Jan. 18, 2012)
- University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers, Executive Editor, San Diego Law Review
- University of California, Los Angeles, B.S., Chemical Engineering, cum laude
- American Bar Association
- San Mateo County Bar Association
- Board Member, Non-Profit Early Childhood Development Center
Carolina Coupon Clearing, Inc. (“Inmar”) v. Cardinal Health. Currently representing Inmar in a trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, fraud and unfair competition case in the Middle District of North Carolina.
Ericsson Inc. et al. v. Apple Inc. Represented Ericsson in two patent lawsuits alleging that Apple’s iPhone line of products infringed Ericsson’s security, user interface, and platform architecture patents. Ericsson secured a global patent license agreement and settlement of all pending proceedings on highly favorable terms.
Seagate Technology LLC v. Western Digital Corp. Represented Seagate in trade secret misappropriation action involving theft of trade secrets by former employee and use by competitor. Helped expose cover-up and fabrication of evidence leading to an arbitration award in excess of $500 million, which the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld on appeal.
DuPont Air Products Nanomaterials v. Cabot Microelectronics. Represented DA Nano in this patent infringement case representing DA Nanomaterials. Secured a declaratory judgment of non-infringement of all asserted claims on all four patents at issue. The jury also found no infringement under the doctrine of equivalents and no willful infringement. The Federal Circuit affirmed the jury’s verdict.
Innovative Biometric Technology, Inc. v. AuthenTec, Inc. et al. Represented AuthenTec as intervenor in case against AuthenTec customers relating to fingerprint sensor software. Plaintiff dismissed case with prejudice following claim construction and summary judgment hearing. The court found the case to be exceptional and awarded fees to our client, AuthenTec.
CSR Technology Inc. v. Bandspeed Inc. Represented Bandspeed against infringement allegations brought by CSR in several forums relating to wireless networking technology. We secured voluntary dismissal of one matter and venue transfer of another; the case resolved favorably thereafter.
Life Technologies Corp. et al. v. Biosearch Technologies, Inc. et al. Represented Biosearch in defense of patent infringement allegations concerning oligonucleotide probes for the detection of DNA hybridization, and in related offensive action alleging breach of contract, unfair advertising and competition, and infringement of three Biosearch patents concerning dark quencher technology. Matters settled.
NXP B.V. v. Nintendo. Represented NXP in patent infringement case asserting Near Field Communications (NFC) patents. Case resolved favorably for NXP.
Nonend Inventions v. Spotify. Represented Spotify, a popular music streaming service, in defense of patent infringement claims brought by Nonend Inventions. Settled.
Intravisual, Inc. v. NXP Semiconductors, Inc. Represented NXP in patent case relating to video compression technology.
Amgen v. Roche. Member of trial team representing Amgen in declaratory judgment patent infringement action involving recombinant erythropoietin. Case was tried to a verdict in a four-week jury and bench trial. Secured permanent injunction barring sale or importation of Roche’s infringing MIRCERA® product.
Aguilar v. Department of Homeland Security ICE (pro bono). Participated in representation of individuals, including United States citizens subjected to warrantless home raid operations by ICE agents. Responsible for briefing and oral argument in support of class certification in the Southern District of New York.
California Employment Development Department Matter (pro bono). Represented employee before administrative law judge to restore eligibility for disability and unemployment benefits.