Travis Jensen

Partner

Silicon Valley

Travis is an experienced patent litigator and trial lawyer. He draws upon his strong technical skills, litigation experience, and real-world business background to craft comprehensive IP strategies. As noted in his engagements, his strategic planning and careful execution guides clients through the intricacies of patent litigation, including the interplay between district court, PTO, and appellate proceedings.

Able to quickly understand complex technology in the litigation context, Travis is particularly well-suited to resolve patent disputes involving semiconductor processes and circuits such as NAND flash memory, optical devices, wireless technologies, and related areas. After earning advanced degrees in electrical engineering, and before embarking on his legal career, Travis worked at Intel Corp. and co-founded a fabless semiconductor design company.

Travis has used his distinctive skillset to litigate technically complex patent cases to verdict, and obtain favorable settlements for several of the world’s leading technology companies such as AT&T, SanDisk, and Synopsys. Travis has second-chaired both jury and bench trials in district court, handled numerous appeals before the Federal Circuit, and, as a registered patent attorney, served as lead and back-up counsel in post-grant proceedings (inter partes review and ex parte reexamination) at the PTO. While on a recent secondment to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, Travis first-chaired several jury trials to successful verdicts.

  • Travis developed, launched, and maintains www.localpatentrules.com and www.modeljuryinstructions.com. His patent rules website has become a popular go-to resource for patent litigators and is usually the #1 result on Google for “local patent rules,” “infringement contentions,” “invalidity contentions,” and related searches commonly used in patent litigation.
  • Travis has defeated claims against clients in the hundreds of millions of dollars and coordinated multi-district litigation throughout the United States. His notable experience includes:

    • Fintiv, Inc. adv. a leading technology company (W.D. Tex.) (contactless payments): Currently defending against charges of patent infringement in a case presided over by Judge Albright involving mobile wallet and NFC payment technology.
    • Bandspeed, LLC, v. Microchip Technology Inc. (W.D. Tex.) (BlueTooth standard): Achieved early settlement (prior to claim construction) in a case brought by a non-practicing entity which alleged that Microhip’s BlueTooth products infringed eight of the plaintiff’s patents.
    • 511 Innovations adv. a leading technology company (E.D. Tex.) (proximity sensors): Facilitated early settlement (prior to claim construction) in a case brought by a non-practicing entity which alleged the iPhone proximity sensor infringed several of the plaintiff’s patents. The plaintiff had sought treble damages, interest, and an injunction against our client.
    • SanDisk adv. Kingston Technology (W.D. Wi. and Fed. Cir.) (semiconductor/flash memory): Won a high-stakes patent and antitrust bench trial featuring testimony from SanDisk’s CEO. Kingston Technology claimed SanDisk’s patent licensing program charged “double royalties” on USB flash drives, was anticompetitive, and violated federal antitrust laws and state unfair competition laws. While defending the matter on appeal, the case settled.
    • On Track Innovations adv. AT&T (S.D.N.Y) (near field communication): In a previous case on the same patent and industry standard against a different defendant, the plaintiff won summary judgment of infringement. However, on behalf of AT&T, we secured a successful settlement without a finding of infringement. The technology related to near field communication, which enabled devices such as smartphones to perform wireless mobile payments.
    • Synopsys adv. Mentor Graphics (D. Or., USPTO, and Fed. Cir.) (emulation technology): This ongoing competitor litigation encompasses six district court cases; eight Federal Circuit appeals; various post-grant proceedings before the PTO, and international litigation in Japanese courts. To date, we have prevailed on four of the seven patents at issue. The matter is currently on appeal.
    • Adaptix adv. LG and AT&T (E.D. Tex. and Fed. Cir.) (4G LTE wireless technology): Won a complete summary judgment victory for LG and AT&T in this long-running patent case. The judge’s decision established new law which will benefit the telecommunications industry by altering where, when, and how non-practicing entities file and manage multi-defendant cases when infringement is based on an industry standard.
    • Secured an early settlement with broad license rights for a leading digital entertainment provider and its parent company. As a result, the client was able to protect a pending acquisition and upcoming critical product release.