Los Angeles; Santa Monica
Alyssa Caridis is a co-chair of Orrick’s Intellectual Property Business Unit. To Alyssa, IP protection is more than business; it’s personal. For more than a half-century, Alyssa's family patented several mechanical technologies which they developed into a thriving business. Alyssa’s family inspired her love of engineering, as well as her desire to protect innovative ideas. Today Alyssa defends technology companies, ranging from budding start-ups to international corporations. She knows their success depends on it.
Alyssa handles complex patent and copyright litigation, open source licensing and IP counseling. She has represented companies in all stages of litigation — from pre-suit investigation, through trial, and on to appeals courts. She draws upon her engineering degree from Harvey Mudd College to engage with technical professionals and quickly grasp new technologies. Alyssa has represented clients in connection with a broad spectrum of technologies, ranging from CMOS image sensors and communication systems to software and peripheral computer components to projects in both the aerospace and automotive industries.
Alyssa has received top market recognition by both Bloomberg Law and Daily Journal’s 40 Under 40 List of Rising Stars in 2022. The Daily Journal also recognized Alyssa as one of its Top Women Lawyers in California for the first time in 2023.
The American Lawyer has recently recognized Alyssa and her team for the following exceptional work:
- On behalf of Sonos, Orrick was recognized for securing a summary judgment on a key patent claim in the federal court case against Google.
- Also for Sonos, our team secured a win in a patent infringement jury trial against Google. Jurors found that Google smart speakers and media players infringed one of the two patents Sonos was asserting at trial and awarded the company a $2.30 royalty on more than 14 million units for a total of more than $32.5 million in damages.
- Orrick defended Zynga in patent ligation brought by gambling technology company IGT. In what was initially a six-patent case that was whittled down pre-trial, jurors in Austin, Texas found that Zynga’s casino slot games, including Game of Thrones and Hit it Rich, didn’t infringe IGT’s last patent standing. What’s more, jurors found IGT’s patent was invalid due to obviousness.
Alyssa calls Southern California home, but remains loyal to the sports teams of her Bay Area childhood.