Frank Bernstein uses his extensive patent litigation experience to think outside the box, helping clients obtain and defend challenging patents. He has extensive experience before the US Patent and Trademark Office (both pre-grant and post-grant patent matters), as well as in US district courts in all phases of patent infringement actions (pre-filing investigations to claim construction, Markman hearings to trials and appeals). His high technology expertise includes computer hardware and software, electronics, semiconductors, wireless, e-commerce and mechanical engineering. Apple, Sony, IBM, Yahoo!, Cadence Design Systems, Lam Research, Peloton Technology, j2 Cloud Services, Renesas, Xyratex, Marvell Semiconductor, Neato Robotics, NEC, Koito and CNH Global are among the clients that he has served.

    Frank has been named a 2016-2019 Managing Intellectual Property IP Star has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney since 2017.

    A frequent panelist and speaker, both locally and nationally, Frank has covered topics such as recent patent precedent and legislation, patent portfolio development and management, and intellectual property due diligence in mergers and acquisitions. He actively participates in a number of organizations, including PTAB Bar Association (Program Committee), IP Inn of Court (Master, Bay Area Chapter) and Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association.

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    IP and Technology Litigation

    • Litigation counsel in defense of patent infringement action involving large information storage systems (N.D. Cal.).
    • Litigation counsel in numerous patent enforcement actions involving multiple Internet messaging patents for major industry player (C.D. Cal., E.D. Tex.).
    • Litigation counsel in patent enforcement action involving disk drive testing for major industry player (C.D. Cal.).
    • Litigation counsel in defense of patent infringement action involving wireless networking and Bluetooth™ technology (E.D. Tex.).
    • Litigation counsel in patent action following a patent interference involving SRAM technology (N.D. Cal.).
    • Damages trial counsel in defense of patent infringement action involving automobile taillight lenses (S.D. Cal.).
    • Damages trial counsel in defense of multiple patent infringement actions involving farm machinery (D. Kan., N.D. Ia.).
    • Litigation counsel in prosecution and defense of wide ranging multi-patent case involving all aspects of disk drive technology (N.D. Cal.).
    • Lead counsel in multi-patent arbitration involving technology for early detection of breast cancer.
    • Co-lead counsel in defense of trademark infringement action involving social media branding and travel branding (N.D. Cal.).

    Patent Portfolio Strategy and Prosecution

    • Invention mining and portfolio development counsel in autonomous vehicles, blockchain-based systems, artificial intelligence/machine learning, robotics, wireless communications, e-commerce, integrated circuit chip design software, bone disease detection, medical devices, laser diode arrays and antenna technology.
    • Opinion counsel and patent counsel in many mechanical, electrical, semiconductor and software technologies, ranging from storage devices and systems, to complex memory designs, to digital radiography, to antenna design, to wired and wireless network communications, to semiconductor circuitry design and fabrication, to video and audio systems, to golf balls, to autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle systems, to high-quality, high-capacity, high-speed printers.

    Education

    • University of Wisconsin - Madison, J.D., 1984
    • University of Wisconsin - Madison, MBA, 1984
    • California Institute of Technology, B.S., 1980

    Admissions

    • California, 1997
    • District of Columbia, 1984

    Courts

    • U.S. Ct. of App., Federal Circuit
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of California
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., C. Dist. of California
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of California
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., Dist. of Columbia
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. of Texas
    • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. of Wisconsin
    • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • PTAB Bar Association – Program Committee Vice Chair 2021-2022
    • Managing Intellectual Property IP Star 2016-2019

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