Jeff is a partner in the firm. He joined Dovel & Luner directly after graduating from Harvard Law School (J.D. magna cum laude, 2003). Jeff has tried several cases to successful verdict and has served as lead counsel in a variety of patent cases that have resulted in favorable settlements.
Jeff’s practice focuses on patent litigation but also includes other areas of intellectual property and commercial litigation. In addition to his legal practice, Jeff is a co-founder and director of Abela Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a development stage pharmaceutical company based in Orange County, California.
- Lead counsel for SimpleAir Inc., an inventor-owned company with patents on wireless notification methods and systems, in its patent infringement lawsuits against Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry and Google. In two separate, successive suits, our team obtained numerous successful rulings during the Markman and pretrial processes, leading to favorable settlements. In a January 2014 trial, we obtained a jury verdict that all asserted patent claims were valid and infringed by Google. In a second trial in March 2014, we obtained a verdict awarding SimpleAir $85 million in past damages for Google’s infringement. To date, this is the largest verdict ever obtained against Google in a patent case. Jeff also worked closely with patent counsel in successfully defending the validity of the SimpleAir patents during reexamination proceedings and in obtaining a May 2014 denial of Google’s petition to institute a covered business method review.
- Lead counsel for TracBeam LLC, an inventor-owned company that has successfully asserted its patents on wireless location against a number of industry leaders. Our team obtained numerous successful rulings during the Markman and pretrial processes. Confidential settlements were reached on the eve of separate trials in December 2013 and May 2014.
- Represented Network-1 Security Solutions, Inc. at trial in its patent infringement lawsuit against several manufacturers of networking equipment employing Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology, including Cisco. The case settled with the defendants after the fourth day of trial in July 2010. The settlement required initial payments totaling approximately $32 million and ongoing royalty payments that will bring the total to over $100 million.
- Represented Abstrax Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Eastern District of Texas against Dell Inc. relating to manufacturing methods. The team obtained a favorable Markman ruling and the denial of Dell’s motions for summary judgment. The Court also made several pre-trial evidentiary and Daubert rulings that were favorable to Abstrax. The case settled on confidential terms on the evening before trial was to commence on October 19, 2009.
- Represented Enovsys LLC at trial in a patent infringement lawsuit against Sprint Nextel. The patents concerned the use of GPS and location based services provided to cell phone users and privacy features relating to location disclosure. In May 2008, the Los Angeles jury returned a verdict of infringement on both asserted patents and awarded past damages of $2.8 million, representing a 3.5% royalty on growing sales. This appears to be the first and only adverse patent verdict ever obtained against Sprint. In August 2010, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the verdict. The parties settled on confidential terms.
- Represented Thermapure, Inc. in a patent infringement action against Water Out Drying Corp. The patent claimed a method of sanitizing contaminated structures (for example, homes, offices, or schools) that had flood damage or had developed mold or other toxins. In March 2009, the Marshall, Texas, jury returned a verdict of infringement and rejected all invalidity defenses.
- Represented Diodem LLC in a patent infringement lawsuit against the three primary manufacturers of dental lasers (used in lieu of the dental drill). The first defendant to settle paid cash and stock valued at more than $10 million before summary judgment rulings. The remaining defendants settled on confidential terms in July 2007, shortly before trial.
Federal court admissions:
- Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
- Eastern District of Texas
- Northern District of California
- Central District of California
- Southern District of California
- Harvard Law School, (J.D., magna cum laude, 2003)
- Georgetown University, (B.A., magna cum laude, phi beta kappa, 2000)