Scott Lindlaw

Managing Associate
Intellectual Property

Scott Lindlaw is a member of Orrick's intellectual property group, recently named IP Group of the Year by Law360.  In addition to representing clients in patent and other intellectual property matters, he serves on the editorial board of Orrick's Trade Secrets Watch blog.  Mr. Lindlaw is also a member of the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy group, and writes about data-breach litigation.

While in law school, Mr. Lindlaw served as an extern to the Honorable Judge John T. Noonan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and to the First Amendment Coalition.  He is now a member of the board of directors of the First Amendment Coalition.  Mr. Lindlaw also served on his law school's Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic and on the Berkeley Law Veterans’ Assistance Project.

Prior to his legal career, Mr. Lindlaw was a reporter for The Associated Press. He served for four years as an AP White House correspondent, covering President George W. Bush’s first term; covered the statehouses in Providence, Rhode Island, and Sacramento, California; was part of a team nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for disaster coverage; and won The Associated Press Managing Editors Award for a series on Pat Tillman, the former NFL player killed by his fellow Army Rangers in Afghanistan. Mr. Lindlaw also reported on the criminal and civil trials of O.J. Simpson.

Scott Lindlaw
Mr. Lindlaw's engagements include representing DISH Network in copyright litigation adverse to the major television networks in the Southern District of New York and the Central District of California. On behalf of DISH, he also co-authored an amicus brief at the U.S. Supreme Court in the Aereo case. Other representative matters include:
  • Mentor Graphics Corp. v. Synopsys, Inc. et al. (patent litigation). Mr. Lindlaw is a member of a team representing Synopsys, Inc., EVE-USA, Inc., and Synopsys Emulation and Verification S.A. in a multi-patent, multi-district dispute in the hardware emulation segment of the electronic design automation industry. The team's work on behalf of Synopsys includes representation at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in inter partes reviews of patents-in-suit.
  • Netgear Inc. v. Ruckus Wireless Inc. (patent litigation). Mr. Lindlaw was part of a team representing Ruckus that took on this case, filed in 2010, seven weeks before trial. A Delaware federal jury returned a verdict for Ruckus, finding the company's wi-fi access points did not infringe plaintiff's patents.
  • Oasis Research LLC v. EMC Corp. (patent litigation). Mr. Lindlaw was a member of a team representing EMC Corporation in a patent infringement action brought by a patent troll. After a week-long trial, an Eastern District of Texas jury found that all of the patents asserted against EMC were invalid. The technology at issue involved an online data backup system.
  • Mr. Lindlaw helped an IT firm develop and execute a strategy for dealing with regulators and the news media in litigation arising from Obamacare.
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund v. FDA (Freedom of Information Act). Mr. Lindlaw is part of a team representing ALDF pro bono in an appeal at the Ninth Circuit. ALDF is appealing a lower court's denial of its request under FOIA for documents relating to egg-production facilities. ALDF honored Orrick as one of its pro bono firms of the year, in part because of the firm's work on this case.
  • Mr. Lindlaw represents a U.S. Army veteran who seeks expanded disability benefits for his injuries suffered during combat in Iraq.
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • M.A., Journalism, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A., English, State University of New York at Buffalo
  • Extern to the Hon. Judge John T. Noonan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Member, American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law
  • Member, American Bar Association Forum Committee on Communications Law
  • Member, Board of Directors, the First Amendment Coalition
  • Volunteer, City Youth Now
  • Volunteer Ride Leader, Trips for Kids

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