Jason has focused his career on antitrust litigation, intellectual property litigation, and other complex matters for domestic and international technology companies. Nearly ten years at a large, international law firm helped forge Jason's deep commitment to excellent client service, and understanding the need to provide that service efficiently. Clients of all sizes need top-level service, while at the same time keeping costs as low as possible. That these needs can be difficult to achieve simultaneously in a large law firm setting was a major driver in his decision to leave the large law firm and help create an environment to better deliver on these two important goals. Also inspired by his work with entrepreneurial companies large and small, Jason was one of the founding members of FAWLAW in 2011.
In 2013, Jason served as trial counsel in a price fixing case. Because his client’s guilty plea established liability prior to trial, the focus at trial was on the more than $770,000,000 in single damages the plaintiffs claimed. He presented at trial the only client witness to testify, and an expert witness on an issue important to undercutting the plaintiffs' damages case. Despite the guilty plea, the jury awarded less than 1% of the damages claimed. The trial result was widely covered in domestic and foreign media. His contribution to the trial helped FAW become a finalist for Global Competition Review’s 2014 Litigation of the Year Award.
Jason is also a member of the Patent Bar. He represents clients in patent litigation matters nationwide, and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Jason has litigated cases involving technologies as diverse as computer software and hardware, semiconductors, consumer electronics devices, medical devices, and biotechnology.
Jason is an active member of the American Bar Association Section on Antitrust Law, and participates in various other local and national organizations. He regularly writes and speaks on areas of law relevant to his expertise.
During law school, Jason was awarded the CALI Excellence Award in International Business Transactions. Also during law school, Jason was an articles editor for the Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal (COMM/ENT). Prior to law school, Jason worked for several years in genetic research, including two years at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and twin girls when he is away from the office. An outdoor enthusiast, Jason mountain bikes year round, snowboards in the winter, and helps guide his kids toward appreciating an active life.
- In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.). Jason represented HannStar Display Corporation against price fixing claims brought by opt-out plaintiffs in a multidistrict litigation proceeding. Jason was principally involved in the first and only opt-out case to go to trial in the LCD litigation, in which he defended HannStar against claims brought by certain Best Buy entities. The jury returned a verdict of less than 1% of the damages claimed, and found damages in an amount consistent with the defense experts' estimates.
- In Re Resistors Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.). Jason represents Yageo Corporation and Yageo America Corporation in price fixing litigation pending in the Northern District of California.
- In re Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.). Jason represented LG Electronics, Inc. in a multidistrict price fixing proceeding in the Northern District of California.
- Transport Technologies, LLC (C.D. Cal.). Jason represents Transport Technologies, LLC in patent infringement litigation against the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority in a case involving toll systems on certain freeways.
- Fragrant Jewels LLC (Cal. Sup. Ct.). Jason represented Fragrant Jewels, a rapidly growing startup company, in a dispute with a former executive and an LLC member. After securing a civil contempt determination and other interim relief, the case settled on the terms specified by the company.
- Non-public representations. Jason represents various local companies in disputes with customers and competitors regarding contract and intellectual property rights.
- In re DRAM Antitrust Litigation (N.D. Cal.). Jason represented Nanya Technology Corporation and Nanya Technology Corporation USA in a price fixing proceeding filed by Sun Microsystems in the Northern District of California.
- Nanya and Nanya USA (N.D. Cal.). Jason represented Nanya and Nanya USA in a trial against Rambus Inc. in which Nanya and Nanya USA and other DRAM manufacturers alleged that Rambus violated section 2 of the Sherman Act by engaging in unlawful monopoly conduct in connection with industry standards setting activities. Jason also represented Nanya and Nanya USA in patent infringement litigation matters.
- Fluxion Biosciences, Inc. (N.D. Cal.). Jason represented Fluxion in patent infringement litigation relating to pharmaceutical research technology.
- NextG Networks, Inc. (N.D. Cal., C.D. Cal.). Jason represented NextG in enforcing its patent rights against two competitors. The patent claimed technology central to distributed antenna systems used in mobile telephone systems.
- Princo Corporation and Princo America Corporation; Gigastorage Corporation and Gigastorage U.S.A. (S.D.N.Y.). Jason represented the Princo and Gigastorage entities in patent infringement litigation involving technology related to recordable and re-writable compact discs. Jason was principally involved in the mandamus proceedings that resulted in In re Princo Corp., 478 F.3d 1345 (Fed. Cir. 2007).
- Dow AgroSciences LLC. Jason represented Dow and related entities in various jurisdictions in connection with genetic engineering-related patent infringement actions.
- Compal Electronics, Inc. Jason represented Compal in patent infringement litigation matters involving technology related to notebook computers.
- Ariba, Inc. Jason represented Ariba in complex insurance coverage and bad faith disputes with different insurers, resulting in almost 100% recovery of claimed losses.
- SecuriMetrics, Inc. Jason represented SecuriMetrics, a California biometrics company, in a contract and business tort dispute. Jason also represented SecuriMetrics in related insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.
Select Publications and Speaking Engagements
- Panelist, “Applying Patent Damages Law: 2016 Updates LIVE Webcast,” Knowledge Group Webcast, September 7, 2016.
- Presenter, “NPE’s and the Small(er) Company,” at the Patent Disputes for Our Time: New Realities, New Approaches Conference, Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California, San Francisco, California, March 23, 2016.
- Contributor, “2014 Annual Review of Antitrust Law Developments,” American Bar Association, April 2015.
- Co-Author, “Guilty Pleas in Civil Antitrust Trials, “American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, Trial Practice Committee Newsletter, Co-Authored with Robert E. Freitas, and Jessica N. Leal, Winter 2015
- Presenter, “2014 Patent Law Update,” 2014 Intellectual Property Institute, Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of California, Garden Grove, California, November 2014.
- Co-Author, “Joint Trial Of Direct And Indirect Purchaser Claims,” Competition, The Journal of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California, Vol. 23, No. 2, co-authored with Robert E. Freitas and Jessica N. Leal, Fall 2014.
- Speaker, “New Prior Art Rules Under The ‘First To File’ Provisions Of The America Invents Act,” American Inns of Court, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, March 2012
- Co-Author, “Understanding The Objective Prong In Seagate,” IP Law 360, July 01, 2009
- “IT'S ALIVE!! Preserving and Litigating the Doctrine of Equivalents In A Post-Festo World,” 2005 Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property & Technology Institute, Denver, Colorado, 2005