Thakur, Amar L.

Amar L. Thakur



Amar L. Thakur is an intellectual property 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

  • Aylus Networks, Inc.
  • Broadcom
  • International Rectifier
  • Medtronic
  • Mformation Technologies
  • Nextec Corporation
  • Novatel Wireless
  • Overland Storage
  • Quantum Corporation
  • Samsung
  • Sony Ericsson

  Notable Representations

  • Aylus Networks, Inc. v. Apple (Northern District of California) – Co-lead counsel for plaintiff in a patent infringement matter relating to delivering content from a media server to a media renderer using a wireless device.
  • Carucel Investments v. AT&T and Novatel Wireless (Southern District of Florida) – Lead counsel for defendants in a patent infringement matter relating to mobile hand-off and relay technology.
  • Mformation Technologies, Inc. v. Research In Motion (Northern District of California) – Lead counsel for plaintiff 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) - Co-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 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 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)) - Intellectual property counsel for 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 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 in a trademark infringement action regarding Windows® Vista software.
  • Bridgepoint Education, Inc. v. Professional Career Development Institute, LLC (Southern District of California) - Lead counsel for plaintiff in a trademark infringement action regarding ASHFORD UNIVERSITY® mark.
  • State Compensation Insurance Fund v. Real Consulting and Software Development, LLC, et al. (Superior Court for the County of San Francisco) - Co-lead counsel for plaintiff 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 in a trade secret, duty of loyalty, and unfair competition matter regarding government contracts related to GPS and telecommunications software.

  Practice Areas

  • Domestic U.S. Arbitration
  • Media & Entertainment Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • International Arbitration
  • International Trade Commission Proceedings
  • Litigation Representing Plaintiffs
  • Satellite & Aerospace Litigation
  • Patent Litigation


  • 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