Aaron R. Hand
Aaron Hand is a trial lawyer with experience litigating patent and trade secret cases involving a wide array of technologies, including consumer products, semiconductor processing, storage, wireless technologies, biologics, and diagnostic products. He has participated in several patent litigation trials, and was instrumental in unraveling of an engineer’s attempted cover-up of trade secret theft and wrongful solicitation in an arbitration matter that ultimately resulted in a massive arbitration award exceeding $500 million. He recently defended a well-known lighting brand against patent infringement claims, securing key summary judgment and Markman rulings that led to a prompt dismissal. In 2023, Aaron led one of the firm’s most significant pro bono matters, a voting rights case in which the California Attorney General’s Office authorized a quo warranto filing to remove three Mission Viejo City Council members from office. Aaron was just named a 2023 Best Lawyer in American for Intellectual Property Patent Litigation and he has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer for 6 consecutive years.
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 and was a designer for the Daily Bruin.
Aaron was selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Star list from 2013–2016 and to the Super Lawyers list in 2021-2022. He was selected as a U.S. News – Best Lawyer in 2021-2022.
Outside of his legal practice, he served as a legal fee dispute panel member for the San Mateo County Bar Association. He also supports early childhood education and served as a volunteer board member for a non-profit early childhood development center in the Silicon Valley and was a liaison for an early childhood development center in Orange County. He stays active as an American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) volunteer referee and enjoys rock climbing.
Awards & Recognition
- Super Lawyers (2021-2022)
- Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2013-2016)
- Best Lawyers (2020-2022)
Court & Agency Admissions
- Supreme Court of the United States
- 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, Central District of California
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
- United States Patent & Trademark Office (Registered Patent Attorney)
- 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
- United States Patent & Trademark Office
Presentations & Publications
- 9th Annual Patent Institute, Recent Case Overview, 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)
Representative Matters: Patents
Theta IP, LLC v. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. BDIP successfully asserted core mobile phone battery savings patents invented by world-renowned Columbia Professor Yannis Tsividis against Samsung in the Western District of Texas. After defeating the dozen-plus dispositive motions that Samsung filed throughout the case and in pretrial proceedings, BDIP achieved a very favorable resolution on what was to be the first day of trial, as the jury was en route to the courthouse for jury selection.
Synthego Corp. v. Agilent Technologies, Inc. Represent Agilent in two-patent infringement case related to improvements to modified guide RNA for use in CRISPR systems, and defense of related Inter Partes Review challenges.
Zadro Products, Inc. v. Feit Electric Company, Inc. Defended Feit Electric as lead counsel in two-patent infringement case in the Central District of California involving lighted beauty mirrors. Secured favorable claim construction ruling and summary judgment regarding patent marking; case terminated via stipulated dismissal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Representative Matters: Trade Secrets
Carolina Coupon Clearing, Inc. (“Inmar”) v. Cardinal Health. Represented Inmar in a trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, fraud and unfair competition case in the Middle District of North Carolina. Settled on 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.
Representative Matters: Others
People of the State of California ex rel. Schlesinger v. Sachs et al. With authorization from California Attorney General, pursued quo warranto action against three city council members in the City of Mission Viejo for illegally holding over in office after their elected terms expired. Secured an order finding the three council members guilty of usurping their offices and ordering their removal. Appeal pending.
Schlesinger v. City of Mission Viejo. Pursued a writ of mandate action and secured an order requiring a municipal government to call an election for council members whose terms were set to expire, preventing two council members from remaining in office after their elected terms expired.
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.