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Thakur, Amar L.

Amar L. Thakur



Amar L. Thakur is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried significant patent cases to verdict. In 2012, as lead trial counsel, he obtained a $147.2 million jury verdict on behalf of his client, which was the 5th largest jury verdict in intellectual property cases in the U.S. in that year.

Mr. Thakur's litigation experience includes representation of companies in telecommunications/VOIP, medical devices, software and semiconductors in patent, trademark and commercial disputes. He has appeared before the federal courts throughout Arizona, California, Delaware, New York, Texas, Virginia and the International Trade Commission.

With substantial experience in acquisition of intellectual property and monetization of such assets, Mr. Thakur's practice focuses on the development and enforcement of patent portfolios, as well as creating partnerships between IP clients and private investors who can help to monetize promising patent portfolios. He is considered a pioneer in the development of new alternative fee strategies for patent litigation.

Mr. Thakur was recognized in 2013 as one of Southern California's "Super Lawyers."

  Representative Clients

  • AT&T Mobility
  • Aylus Networks, Inc.
  • Broadcom
  • Medtronic
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme
  • Mformation Technologies
  • Novatel Wireless
  • Quantum Corporation
  • Samsung
  • USC
  • Verizon Wireless

  Notable Representations

  • Carucel Investments v. AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Novatel Wireless (Southern District of California) – Lead counsel for all defendants AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Novatel Wireless in a patent infringement matter relating to mobile hand-off and relay technology that was successfully transferred by the defendants from Florida to California.
  • Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. and Intervet, Inc. v. Med-Pharmex, Inc. (Southern District of California) –  Counsel for plaintiffs Merck Sharp & Dohme. and Intervet in a patent infringement matter relating to Defendant's proposed otic suspension veterinary drug product (Generic Product), as described in Abbreviated New Animal Drug Application (ANADA)No. 200-536.
  • Aylus Networks, Inc. v. Apple (Northern District of California) – Lead counsel for plaintiff Aylus Networks in a patent infringement matter relating to delivering content from a media server to a media renderer using a wireless device.
  • USC v. University of California, San Diego (Southern District of California) –  Counsel for defendant USC in a lawsuit relating to breach of duty of loyalty, interference with contract, conversion, violation of government codes and civil conspiracy relating to the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (“ADCS”) under a cooperative agreement with the National Institute on Aging (“NIA”), which is one of the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”). The ADCS facilitates the testing of new drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and coordinates clinical trials at approximately 70 academic medical centers and research clinics in the United States and Canada.
  • Mformation Technologies, Inc. v. Research In Motion (Northern District of California) – Lead counsel for plaintiff Mformation Technologies in a patent infringement matter relating to wireless device remote management technology.  Obtained a $147.2 million jury verdict on behalf of Mformation.
  • Great Call v. Dyna LLC (AAA Arbitration, San Diego) - Lead counsel for defendant Dyna in a technology license breach of contract dispute relating to wireless handset and infrastructure technology.
  • Crossroads Systems, Inc. v. Overland Storage, Inc., et al (Western District of Texas) – Lead counsel for defendant Overland Storage in a patent infringement suit filed relating to network storage libraries, both tape-based and disk-based.
  • Telespree Communications v. Mformation Technologies Inc. (Northern District of California) - Lead counsel for defendant Mformation Technologies in a trade secrets action regarding software platforms for activating, managing and updating mobile devices over the air.
  • Nextec Applications, Inc. v. Brookwood Companies, Inc. (Southern District of New York) - Lead counsel for plaintiff Nexec in a patent infringement matter regarding encapsulation technology.
  • Sandisk IL, f/k/a mSystems, Ltd. v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (American Arbitration Association (New York)) - Counsel for defendant Samsung in an arbitration for breach of a patent license and supply agreement.
  • Quantum Corporation v. Riverbed Technology, Inc. (Northern District of California) - Lead counsel for plaintiff and cross-defendant Quantum in multiple patent infringement lawsuits regarding data storage products utilizing de-duplication technology.
  • Canon U.S.A., Inc., Eastman Kodak Company, Panasonic Corporation of North America, et. al. adv. Screentone Systems Corporation, et al. (Central District of California) - Lead counsel for Peerless Systems in lawsuit in which Panasonic had tendered its defense of patent infringement case to Peerless.
  • InfoVista S.A. and InfoVista Corporation v. Microsoft Corporation (Northern District of California) - Lead counsel for plaintiffs InfoVista in a trademark infringement action regarding Windows® Vista software.
  • State Compensation Insurance Fund v. Real Consulting and Software Development, LLC, et al. (Superior Court for the County of San Francisco) - Lead counsel for plaintiff State Compensation Insurance Fund in a breach of contract, good faith and fair dealing and fraudulent inducement matter relating to software development and implementation.
  • Kratos Defense and Security Solutions, Inc. and Kratos Government Solutions, Inc. v. Celeris Systems, Inc., et al. (Superior Court for the County of Orange) - Lead counsel for plaintiffs Kratos Defense in a trade secret, duty of loyalty, and unfair competition matter regarding government contracts related to GPS and telecommunications software.


  • Arizona State University
    (J.D., cum laude, 1995)

  • University of Washington
    (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1992)


The State Bar of California; The State Bar of Arizona; Registered to Practice Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office


  • Mr. Thakur was selected for inclusion in the 2013 Southern California Super Lawyers® list, the 2009-2011 San Diego Super Lawyers® lists and was included in the list of 2006 and 2010 Top Intellectual Property Litigation Attorneys in the San Diego Daily Transcript. In 2010, the Legal 500 recognized Mr. Thakur for patent litigation.

Publications and Lectures

  • Co-Author, "Just One Good Idea – Companies Should Go Back To The Basics When Licensing Intellectual Property Assets," Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, April 5, 2007
  • Co Author, "E-Discovery Made Simple(r): Practical Steps for Locating, Analyzing, & Producing Electronic Documents," Corporate Counselor newsletter, Summer 2008

Professional Activities

  • Member, San Diego Intellectual Property Association