Johanna Jacob

Managing Associate

San Francisco

Johanna Jacob, an attorney in Orrick’s San Francisco office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Her practice focuses on patent infringement litigation in federal district courts and the United States International Trade Commission, trade secrets, copyright, and complex commercial disputes.

Johanna has represented a broad range of technology companies in Federal and State Court, with a primary focus on bio-technology, high-tech laboratory equipment, and the healthcare industry. In addition, Johanna is a member of the firm's life sciences working group.  

Johanna is also a registered patent attorney.

Prior to law school, Johanna conducted neuro-physiological research in the Vision Center Laboratory at the Salk Institute. During her time at Boston University, Johanna researched cellular signaling in prostate cancer at the Cancer Research Center in Boston University’s School of Medicine. Johanna also externed at Macropore Biosurgery in San Diego and in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering laboratory at Boston University.

  • Some of Johanna's representative engagements include the following:
    • 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.
    • Mouloki v. Epee. Johanna and a team of Orrick attorneys successfully secured a jury verdict for a pro bono client in the Northern District of Illinois, succeeding on her claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois Labor Law.
    • AllCells v. Cepheus Bio. Johanna represented AllCells in trade secret litigation related to the commercial purification and sale of primary cells. Johanna successfully obtained a preliminary injunction for AllCells under the DTSA.  
    • Bio-Rad v. 10X Genomics. Johanna represented 10X and its founders in trade secret litigation, brought by Bio-Rad, related to single cell and genome sequencing.
    • Oracle/State of Oregon. Johanna is a member of a team that represented Oracle in high stakes litigation arising from Oregon's failure to launch its health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
    • Fluidigm Corp. v. NanoString Tech. Inc. Represented NanoString Technologies in a case involving allegations of false advertising and unfair competition.
    • Blue Spike LLC v. Audible Magic Corp. Johanna is a member of a team that successfully defended Audible Magic Corporation in a patent infringement action brought by Blue Spike LLC. Audible Magic obtained summary judgment of noninfringement for all asserted patents.
    • DISH Networks. Johanna is a member of a team that represented DISH Networks and its related entities in various patent infringement litigations.

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