James Judah is a partner in the San Francisco office. He joined the firm in 2007. James’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property disputes. He has experience advising clients and litigating a wide range of technologies, including smartphones, autonomous and electric vehicles, smart speakers, semiconductors, digital rights management, payment and content delivery systems, thin film blade coatings, biopharmaceuticals, commercial satellites, and telecommunications infrastructure. His clients have ranged from startups to multinational corporations. Among other areas, he has litigated trade secrets, patents (including FRAND issues), copyright, trademarks and trade dress, breach of contract, unfair competition, antitrust, and RICO.
James represents both plaintiffs and defendants, with success recovering hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of plaintiffs and defeating claims of hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of defendants. He has litigated in state and federal courts across the country, including California, New York, Texas, Colorado, Delaware, and the International Trade Commission. He has also represented clients in domestic and international arbitrations.
James graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in Philosophy, and received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was a Stone Scholar.
- Dollar Shave Club
- Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
- Representing Google against Sonos in multiple patent proceedings at the International Trade Commission and in district court relating to smart speaker technology.
- Represented plaintiff Waymo against Uber in a trade secret misappropriation case in the Northern District of California relating to autonomous vehicle technology. Obtained a preliminary injunction and other provisional relief on behalf of Waymo against Uber. The case settled on the fifth day of trial pursuant to a confidential settlement agreement.
- Represented plaintiff ViaSat against Space Systems/Loral in a complex patent infringement and breach of contract case in the Southern District of California involving high-speed satellite technology. After a three-week jury trial, obtained a jury verdict of $283 million for ViaSat – the largest jury verdict in California for 2014.
- Represented defendants Google and YouTube in a patent case in the Eastern District of Texas involving push messaging technologies. Following a one-week jury trial, obtained a jury verdict of non-infringement.
- Represented plaintiff Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in a copyright infringement action in the Northern District of California related to counterfeit ©OSCAR® statuettes. Obtained a judgment of infringement and permanent injunction.
- Represented Samsung against smartphone rival Apple in two International Trade Commission investigations. As Respondent, obtained a Commission ruling of no violation as to design patents and two utility patents. As Claimant, obtained an exclusion order against several models of iPhones and iPads.
- Represented Mattel in obtaining order from the Ninth Circuit vacating verdicts of liability for alleged trade-secret misappropriation and damages award of more than $170 million.
- Antitrust & Competition
- Data Privacy & Security
- Intellectual Property Litigation
- Patent Litigation
- Copyright Litigation
- Trade Secret Litigation
- Trademark, Trade Dress, Unfair Competition/False Advertising, and Publicity Rights Litigation
- Internet Litigation
- International Trade Commission Proceedings
- Litigation Representing Plaintiffs
- Media & Entertainment Litigation
- Artificial Intelligence
- Columbia Law School
- Stone Scholar, 2004-2005
- Dartmouth College
(A.B., Philosophy, magna cum laude, 2002)
- All-Ivy Scholar Athlete
- The State Bar of California
- United States District Court:
- Central District of California
- Northern District of California
- Southern District of California
- Eastern District of California
- District of Colorado
- Eastern District of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals:
- Federal Circuit
- Ninth Circuit
- United States Supreme Court