Jennifer Ishimoto is a founding partner of Banie & Ishimoto LLP. Jennifer focuses her practice on complex intellectual property disputes, particularly focusing on litigation. She has deep experience in commercial disputes involving patents, trademarks, trade secrets, contract disputes and licenses. Ms. Ishimoto has represented clients in a wide range of technology areas, including computer disk drives, various mechanical motors, computer cameras, electronic design automation software, medical devices, electrical, telecommunications, golf balls, material composition, IC circuit designs, and networking. Ms. Ishimoto has also handled numerous cases involving design patents and represented clients in front of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board involving trademark opposition.
She is experienced in all aspects of managing and preparing cases for trial, including: pre-suit investigation, client counseling, case strategy formulation, discovery and expert discovery management, motion practice and pre-trial filings. She has successfully briefed and argued various motions before federal and state courts. She has also represented clients in mediation, arbitration, and early neutral evaluation. In addition to her expertise in intellectual property, Ms. Ishimoto also represents clients in family law disputes. She has represented dozens of clients, working on difficult issues regarding child custody and division of property.
- Personal Audio, LLC – Representing patent owner, Personal Audio in patent enforcement cases in the Eastern District of Texas concerning podcasting technology. Obtained a successful East Texas (Marshall) jury verdict against CBS in which the jury after two hours of deliberations found all claims infringed, valid, and awarded $1.3M in damages against CBS.
- Magma adv. Synopsys — Represented Magma in defense of patent infringement claims against its automated semiconductor chip design software (EDA). Case settled after Markman and expert reports.
- Dioptics Medical Products — Successfully represented Dioptics in over a dozen cases in both federal district court alleging design patent infringement for fit-over sunglasses and/or trademark infringement and before the Patent Trademark Trial and Appeal Board opposing marks for registration.
- Magic Control Technology adv. DisplayLink — Represented patent owner (Magic Control Technology) in patent litigation relating to technology to convert digital display signals to analog display signals. Managed day-to-day operations for the case. Case settled favorably after Markman.
- Seagate adv. Convolve — Represented Seagate against claims of patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation dealing with servo control where the plaintiff has alleged $800 million in damages. The case involved a landmark decision, where the Federal Circuit overturned 24 years of precedent in client’s favor, preserving the attorney-client privilege and abolishing the duty of care standard for defendants on notice of a patent claim.
- Beyond Innovation v. O2 Micro In t’l — Represented Beyond Innovation in patent litigation case dealing with DC to AC converter circuits. Second chaired bench trial and primary drafter of post-trial briefs and filings.
Luxe Link, LLC v. Alexx, Inc., and Sandra Stein, 2:14-cv-8024 (C.D. Cal.) – Retained as trial counsel and obtained successful settlement weeks before trial resolving the parties dispute.
Awards and Recognition
- 2nd Place West Regionals Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, 1999
- Placed 6th nationwide in the brief portion of the competition
- Best Oral Advocate Team, West Regionals Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, 2000
- Certification of Excellence and Top Oral Advocate in Legal Analysis, Research
and Writing, 1998
Past Employment Positons
- Wang, Hartmann, Gibbs & Cauley PLC (Silicon Valley)
- Fish & Richardson LLP (Silicon Valley)
- McDermott, Will & Emery LLP (Silicon Valley)
- J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 2000
- B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, minor in Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley, 1997