Vann Pearce is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group. Vann represents clients in high-stakes litigation, focusing on patent infringement litigation, and counsels clients on patent licensing and patent portfolio development. Vann co-leads Orrick's 3D Printing practice.

Vann has helped clients obtain judgments, dismissals, and favorable settlements in ITC Section 337 investigations, various federal district courts, and at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has planned and executed successful claim construction, summary judgment and appellate arguments. At trial, Vann has examined both fact and expert witnesses. His clients include companies in the consumer electronics, semiconductor, software, and 3D printing/additive manufacturing industries.

Vann regularly presents and lectures at conferences and universities around the U.S. and internationally on emerging legal issues and strategies, particularly the intersection of 3D printing/additive manufacturing and intellectual property law.

Vann applies his engineering background to understand the complex technology at the heart of each patent infringement lawsuit. Before law school, he worked as an engineering intern with a manufacturer of biomaterial-based medical devices and as a research assistant in a biotechnology laboratory.

    • Apple, Inc. v. Motorola, Inc. (Fed. Cir.). Mr. Pearce represented Apple in several appellate matters against Motorola involving smartphone patents. In the first of these matters, the Federal Circuit overturned ITC rulings that a key Apple touchscreen patent was both anticipated and obvious, and reversed the key claim construction on a second patent. These rulings revived Apple's claims of infringement as to both patents at issue. Law360 named Mr. Pearce and his colleagues "Legal Lions" for this victory (August 8, 2013). In another case, Mr. Pearce was instrumental in Apple's successful effort to reverse an unfavorable claim construction on the so-called "Steve Jobs" patent, covering touchscreen control functionality.
    • EMC Corp. v. Pure Storage, Inc. (D. Del.). Mr. Pearce represented plaintiff EMC in a patent infringement lawsuit against its competitor, Pure Storage. Mr. Pearce directed preparation of EMC's damages case, and the infringement and validity case on one asserted patent, through expert discovery. He also successfully argued a discovery motion hearing. A jury awarded EMC $14 million in damages after trial.
    • WordCheck Tech LLC v. EMC Corp. (E.D. Tex.). Mr. Pearce represented EMC in a patent infringement lawsuit involving data loss prevention systems. Following the claim construction hearing, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed case with prejudice, with no monetary payment required by our client.
    • In the Matter of Certain Short-Wavelength Light Emitting Diodes, Laser Diodes and Products Containing Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-640. Mr. Pearce represented respondent Panasonic Corporation in an ITC Section 337 investigation. The complainant voluntarily withdrew its complaint and terminated the investigation shortly before the hearing.
    • St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, Inc. v. Fujifilm Corp. (D. Del. and Fed. Cir.). Mr. Pearce represented defendant Fujifilm Corporation in two patent infringement lawsuits involving digital cameras. Mr. Pearce's responsibilities included defending fact and expert witness depositions. On appeal, the Federal Circuit ruled in favor of Fujifilm and reversed the district court's judgment of infringement.
    • NetAirus Techs., LLC v. Apple, Inc. (Fed. Cir.). Mr. Pearce represented Apple in this appeal, successfully upholding a jury verdict of invalidity. The Federal Circuit issued a summary (Rule 36) affirmance in favor of Apple shortly after oral argument.  
    • FastVDO, LLC v. Apple, Inc., et al. (D. Del.). Mr. Pearce represented several defendants in a patent infringement lawsuit involving H.264 video encoding. The defendants won on all key claim constructions in a ruling issued just four days after the claim construction hearing. Mr. Pearce was a primary author of the winning claim construction briefs. The case settled shortly afterwards on favorable terms.

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