Todd Briggs is a partner in the Silicon Valley office. His practice focuses on litigating patent infringement, trade secret, and other intellectual property matters. He has litigated cases throughout the United States relating to a wide variety of technologies including wireless communications, computer networking, machine learning, microprocessors, semiconductor processing, operating systems, computer architecture, data storage systems, medical devices, mobile gaming devices, and high-throughput materials discovery systems.
Todd has handled many high-profile intellectual property cases. For example, he recently led a team that obtained a $1.1 billion jury verdict on behalf of the California Institute of Technology in a patent infringement trial against Apple and Broadcom, which is one of the largest patent verdicts on record.
Todd represents his clients in inter partes review and ex parte reexamination proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Todd also represents his clients in appellate matters before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Todd is an electrical engineer and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
- Juniper Networks
- Representing Caltech in a patent infringement action against Broadcom and Apple in the Central District of California. Led team that secured a $1.1 billion jury verdict against Apple and Broadcom, which is one of the largest patent verdicts on record. The case involves four patents relating to a seminal class of error correction codes invented by Caltech called Irregular Repeat and Accumulate (“IRA”) codes. IRA codes are fundamental to the 802.11n and 802.11ac standards and used Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and incorporated into Apple's products.
- Represented Samsung in a series of patent infringement actions brought by Evolved Wireless in the District of Delaware, ITC and Eastern District of Texas where Samsung completely defeated Evolved in each of the three actions. The cases involved patents obtained from LG Electronics that Evolved Wireless claims are essential to the LTE wireless communication standard. In the District of Delaware, Samsung invalidated four of the five asserted patents in IPR proceedings and prevailed on a license defense on the remaining patent before the district court – a ruling that was affirmed by the Federal Circuit. Evolved then asserted a new set of patents against Samsung in the ITC, but after being presented with strong defenses on those patents Evolved agreed to terminate the ITC proceedings weeks before trial. Following the ITC case, Evolved asserted patents against Samsung in the Eastern District of Texas. This case proceeded to a jury trial where an Eastern District of Texas jury found that Samsung did not infringe resulting in a complete defense verdict.
- Represented Juniper Networks in a patent infringement action brought by WSOU Investments in the Western District of Texas involving seven patents relating to networking technologies. Following the denial of Juniper’s motion to transfer by the district court, Juniper persuaded the Federal Circuit on a writ of mandamus to issue an order directing the district court to transfer the case to the Northern District of California. Juniper then successfully stayed the Northern District of California case pending the resolution of IPRs it had filed. During the course of the case, Juniper also filed IPRs on four of the seven patents resulting in the invalidation of all four patents by the United States Patent and Trademark office. WSOU also voluntarily dismissed the three remaining cases after Juniper advanced strong defenses against each one. The seven cases were dismissed with prejudice and did not result from any settlement agreement, license, payment, or other consideration to WSOU or any other entity.
- Representing Juniper Networks in a patent infringement case brought by Monarch Networking Solutions in the Eastern District of Virginia. This case involves four patents that relate to networking technologies. Juniper persuaded the court in the Eastern District of Virginia to transfer the case to the Northern District of California where the case is currently pending.
- Representing NantWorks against Bank of America in a case involving patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract claims relating to mobile check deposit technologies incorporated into Bank of America’s mobile banking application. The patents relate to continuous glucose monitoring technologies.
- Representing Salesforce in a series of patent infringement lawsuits filed by WSOU Investments in the Western District of Texas.
- Representing Juniper Networks in a patent infringement case brought by Core Optical Technologies in the Central District of California. Juniper persuaded the court in the Central District of California to transfer the case to the Northern District of California where the case is currently pending. The patent in this case relates to techniques for using a Cross Polarization Interference Canceller, or XPIC, to correct transmission impairments relating to dual-polarized optical signals.
- Represented MediaTek against NXP Semiconductors in a series of patent infringement cases brought before the ITC and in the Central District of California. The case involved patents relation to the design, structure, and operation of NXP’s and MediaTek’s products including power lines, temperature sensors, and 802.11 wireless device signal processing. After trial, the ITC staff attorney representing the U.S. government sided with MediaTek and recommended a violation finding and an exclusion order against NXP, which resulted in a global cross-license agreement, vindicating the strength of MediaTek’s intellectual property.
- Represented Samsung in a series of patent disputes with Apple involving smartphone and tablet computer technologies. Successfully defended Samsung against Apple’s attempts to secure preliminary and permanent injunctions based on its utility patents in the Northern District of California, which was affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Led team that secured a jury verdict of infringement by Apple of one of Samsung's patents relating to photo and video organization in digital cameras.
- Represented Supercell in a series of patent infringement actions filed in the Eastern District of Texas relating to mobile gaming patents.
- Represented BlackBerry in a patent and trade dress infringement action against Typo Products (co-founded by Ryan Seacrest) in the Northern District of California. Secured a preliminary injunction for Blackberry to halt the sale of Typo's infringing add-on physical Bluetooth keyboard, which copied the iconic Blackberry keyboard. After Typo failed to fully comply with the preliminary injunction, he led the team that obtained an order finding Typo in contempt of the preliminary injunction and secured award of over $860,000 in sanctions in addition to attorneys’ fees and costs relating to Typo's contempt. The case ultimately settled on terms favorable to Blackberry.
- Represented Sony in a patent infringement case brought by Intellectual Capital Holdings Limited in the Eastern District of Texas. Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement, which was affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
- Represented Cisco and other networking equipment companies in a patent infringement case brought by OptimumPath in the Northern District of California. Obtained summary judgment of non-infringement and invalidity, which was affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
- Represented EMC in a patent infringement case brought by HP in the Northern District of California. After HP sued EMC for patent infringement, EMC asserted its own patent infringement claims against HP. Following a claim construction hearing and summary judgment proceedings, the case settled with HP agreeing to pay EMC $325 million, one of the largest patent settlements on record.
- Represented Cisco against Huawei in a case involving claims for trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement and patent infringement. After obtaining a worldwide preliminary injunction against Huawei that prevented the sale and distribution of router operating software, the case settled on terms favorable to Cisco.
- Represented Palm in a patent infringement case brought by Antor Media relating to the downloading of media to smartphones and personal digital assistants. The case settled on terms favorable to Palm.
- Represented Symyx in cases brought by Intematix involving trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement claims. After defeating several attempts by Intematix for preliminary relief, the cases settled on terms favorable to Symyx.
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law
- Hastings Law Journal:
- CALI Award, Patent Litigation
- Hastings Law Journal:
- California State University, Fresno
(B.S., Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude, 1995)
- The State Bar of California
- United States Court of Appeals:
- Federal Circuit
- Registered to Practice Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe:
- Associate, 2002-2005
- Associate, 2002-2005
- Skjerven, Morrill, MacPherson:
- Associate, 2000-2002