Sonia Elizabeth Valdez

Managing Associate
Intellectual Property

Sonia Valdez is a member of Orrick’s intellectual property group. Her work focuses on high-stakes complex litigation. Ms. Valdez has experience with all phases of trial, including pretrial investigation, computer forensics, discovery, dispositive motions, jury trial strategy and settlement negotiation. A representative sample of her cases includes:

  • Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. and Protiva Biotherapeutics, Inc. v. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Alcana Technologies, Inc. Sonia was a member of the trial team that represented Tekmira and Protiva in a case before the Business Litigation Section of Massachusetts state court. Tekmira and Protiva alleged misappropriation of trade secrets relating to lipid-based siRNA delivery technology, along with claims of breach of contract and unfair competition.
  • Oracle Corp. et al. v. DrugLogic, Inc. Sonia was a member of the trial team representing Oracle in a case in the Northern District of California. This case involved several software patents related to adverse events in the pharmaceutical industry. Claims include patent infringement, breach of contract, and fraud.
Sonia Valdez
Admitted In
  • California

Education
  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 2010
  • B.A., Magna Cum Laude with Distinction (highest departmental honors), English Literature, Pomona College, 2003

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