Amy Van Zant, a partner in Orrick’s Intellectual Property Group, has litigated and advised clients on patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret protection. Amy has been trial counsel in several patent infringement trials in U.S. District Courts.

She has litigated before the International Trade Commission and has briefed appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

  • Amy's recent notable engagements include:

    • Ariba v. Emptoris (E.D. Texas): Representation of Ariba in a patent infringement action regarding on-line auction technology. Won summary judgment on one patent prior to trial. The jury returned a verdict of infringement on the other patent, found both patents valid and found one patent willfully infringed.
    • Qualcomm Incorporated v. Broadcom, Inc.: Represented Qualcomm in a trade secret dispute in the S.D. Cal.
    • GlobespanVirata v. Texas Instruments, Inc. (D. NJ): Obtained a jury verdict of $112 million for Texas Instruments and Stanford University for infringement of patents involving high speed DSL modem technology.
    • Zoltar Satellite Alarm Systems, Inc. v. Snaptrack, Inc. and QUALCOMM CORP. (S.D. Cal.): Represented SnapTrack and QUALCOMM in this patent infringement action. In 2004, a jury found the clients not liable for infringement of six of the seven claims at issue, and the court granted defendants’ judgment as a matter of law of non-infringement as to the final claim. Successfully defeated appeal to the Federal Circuit.
    • Atmel Corporation v. Agere Systems, Inc., C-03-04632 JCS (N.D. Cal.): Represented Atmel in a patent infringement case involving digital signal processing chips.
    • Pavilion Technologies, Inc. v. Computer Associates International, Inc. (W.D. Tex.): Represented Computer Associates International, Inc. in a patent case involving artificial intelligence technology.
    • In the Matter of Certain Programmable Logic Devices and Products Containing Same (ITC): Represented Altera in this investigation involving patents concerning programmable logic devices.
    • Altera v. Xilinx, C-00-20593-JF (N.D. Cal.): Defended Altera on Xilinx’s counterclaim alleging infringement of three patents concerning programmable logic elements, memory blocks, and routing used in field programmable gate array technology.
    • ECI Telecom Ltd. v. Amati Communications Corporation (Superior Court, County of Santa Clara): Represented Amati, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Texas Instruments, in this lawsuit involving ownership of patents, breach of development agreement, and software trade secret misappropriation relating to digital subscriber line (DSL) technology.
    • Kraus v. Trinity Management Service, Inc. and Cortez v. Purolator Air Filtration Products Co.: Represented amicus State Farm Insurance in connection with this seminal case interpreting California’s Section 17200 Unfair Competition Law.
    • Infuturia Global Ltd. v. Sequus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Superior Court for the County of San Mateo): Represented Sequus in a breach of contract action regarding a license agreement relating to the development of a cancer treatment.