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Alex Fields is an associate in the Intellectual Property group of Orrick's San Francisco office.
Alex represents individuals and corporate clients in various civil matters involving patent and copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract, and wage disputes.
Recently, Alex and a team of Orrick attorneys took a pro bono client's claims to trial in the Northern District of Illinois, succeeding on her claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois Labor Law.
Thorne Research and Softgel Formulators v. XYMOGEN: We secured a complete win for XYMOGEN in a lengthy patent infringement suit brought in the District of Utah. The plaintiffs alleged that XYMOGEN sold certain nutritional supplements (highly absorbable Coenzyme Q10) in violation of its patent and sought damages, as well as a permanent injunction that would prohibit XYMOGEN from selling the accused products. After four years of litigation and a six-day jury trial, the jury ruled in a favor of XYMOGEN on all counts. In addition, the jury found the plaintiffs’ patent invalid both for derivation and improper inventorship.