Jesse Cheng litigates patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret cases involving complex technologies.

Jesse has worked on cases for leading technology companies including EMC, Microsoft, Micron, NVIDIA, and Synopsys.  With his electrical engineering background, he has excelled in matters involving a wide range of technologies such as smart phones, digital televisions, networking and communications hardware, solid-state enterprise storage arrays, FPGA-based hardware emulators, graphics processors, DRAM, image processing and compression algorithms, surveillance and security systems, and ultra-short pulse lasers. Jesse has also worked on Internet-related cases involving issues such as cybersquatting, trademark infringement and unfair competition, and represented clients in patent office proceedings including inter partes reviews (IPR).

During law school, Jesse was a law clerk for Fair Isaac, Corp., where he focused on software licensing and international data privacy compliance issues. He also counseled startup companies as a student attorney for the law school’s Multi-Profession Business Law Clinic. Prior to law school, Jesse was a member of the Computer Vision and Robotics Research Laboratory at UC San Diego, where he studied image and video processing and machine intelligence for use in smart cars, smart rooms, and automated surveillance.


  • A representative sample of Jesse's cases includes:

    • In the Matter of Electronic Devices With Image Processing Systems, Components Thereof, and Associated Software (ITC Investigation No. 337-TA-724, 2011). Jesse was part of a team that represented a leading technology company before the International Trade Commission. Complainant S3 Graphics alleged infringement of four patents related to image compression technology.  With a full grasp of the technology at-issue, Jesse contributed to developing and implementing successful strategies for arguing non-infringement, license, and exhaustion.  After a hearing and briefing, the full Commission determined there was no violation by our client of any asserted patent.
    • Mentor Graphics Corp. v. Synopsys, Inc. et al.  Jesse was part of a team that represented Synopsys, Inc., EVE-USA, Inc., and Synopsys Emulation and Verification S.A. in a multi-patent dispute over FGPA-based hardware emulators used for verifying chip designs.  Jesse was primarily responsible for developing and implementing Synopsys' non-infringement and invalidity strategy against four patents asserted by Mentor.  Although portions of the ruling were vacated on appeal, none of those four patents were litigated at trial due to summary judgment in Synopsys' favor.  The case has settled.
    • EMC Corporation v. Pure Storage Inc.  Jesse was part of a team that represented plaintiff EMC in a patent infringement lawsuit against its competitor, Pure Storage.  EMC alleged that Pure Storage's sale of solid-state enterprise storage arrays infringed its patents.  After trial, the jury sided with EMC and awarded $14 million in damages.
    • Authenex, Inc. v. EMC Corporation and RSA Security, LLC. Jesse was part of a team that represented EMC and RSA in two patent infringement lawsuits in the Central District of California involving authentication tokens. Both cases were terminated after EMC obtained a favorable claim construction and summary judgment of non-infringement.
    • Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp. and Protiva Biotherapeutics, Inc. v. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Alcana Technologies, Inc. Jesse was part of a 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 nanoparticle-based siRNA delivery technology, along with claims of breach of contract and unfair competition. The case settled one week before trial.
    • Chrimar Systems, Inc. v. PowerDsine Ltd.; Chrimar Systems, Inc. v. D-Link Systems, Inc. Jesse was part of a team that represented PowerDsine, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsemi Corporation, and D-Link and in separate patent infringement lawsuits in the Eastern District of Michigan involving IEEE 802.3 standard compliant Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) technology. Both cases settled following favorable rulings on issues of claim construction and collateral estoppel.
    • C5 Medical Werks, LLC and CoorsTek Medical v. CeramTec GmbH.  Jesse was part of a team that represented C5 in a trademark dispute over the color pink.  The Court ruled in C5's favor, confirming that a color that is a natural result of a functional attribute cannot serve trade dress, thereby preserving C5's right to make, offer, and sell pink hip components in the United States. 

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