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Schmidt, Patrick

Patrick T. Schmidt

Direct Tel: +1 213-443-3191, Direct Fax: +1 213-443-3100
Los Angeles
Tel: +1 213 443 3000 Fax: +1 213 443 3100

Patrick is a partner in Quinn Emanuel’s Los Angeles office.  He has a diverse practice focused on complex business litigation and intellectual property disputes.  Patrick has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials, arbitrations, and investigations before the International Trade Commission.  He has applied his education and technical training to advise clients on intellectual property  matters in a variety of fields such as satellite communication, rocket propulsion, diesel engine technology, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and autonomous vehicles.

Prior to attending the University of Texas School of Law, Patrick spent five years as an officer in the United States Air Force, working as an engineer in support of the Air Force’s air-to-air Weapon System Evaluation Program and the Space and Missile Systems Center.  Before joining the firm, Patrick was a law clerk for the Honorable James B. Loken of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

  • Virgin Galactic
  • Virgin Orbit
  • Qualcomm
  • ViaSat
  • BlackBerry
  • Google
  • YouTube
  • Waymo
  • Samsung
  • Vicor
  • Home Depot
  • Representing Qualcomm in patent-infringement litigation against Apple before the International Trade Commission and the Southern District of California.
  • Representing BlackBerry in a multi-patent litigation against Facebook and Snap in the Central District of California.
  • 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 Virgin Galactic in arbitration and related state court litigation asserting trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, and breach of fiduciary duty against a former executive and his newly formed company. Obtained terminating sanctions in the arbitration and a permanent injunction from the Los Angeles Superior Court.
  • Defended Google and YouTube in a patent-infringement 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 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 Samsung against smartphone rival Apple in federal district court over patents relating to cellular and touchscreen technology.
  • University of Texas School of Law
    (J.D., with High Honors, 2010)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Texas Law Review:
      • Articles Editor
  • Auburn University
    (M.B.A., 2006)
  • United States Military Academy, West Point
    (B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Distinguished Cadet, 2002)
  • The State Bar of California
  • United States District Court:
    • Central District of California
    • Northern District of California
    • Southern District of California
    • District of Colorado
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. James B. Loken:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2010-2011
  • United States Air Force:
    • Captain, 2002-2007