Simon Franzini

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Simon joined Dovel & Luner directly after graduating from Harvard Law School (magna cum laude).  Simon’s practice focuses on high stakes trial and appellate litigation, with an emphasis on technology and intellectual property disputes.

Simon has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation.  Simon has represented clients in district courts across the country, in appeals before the Federal Circuit, and in International Trade Commission investigations.  Since joining the firm, Simon has taken dozens of fact and expert depositions, successfully argued numerous important motions, and participated in five jury trials.

Here is the transcript of a claim construction hearing in a case involving video transmission technology in the District of Delaware.  Simon argued the majority of the disputed terms.  The judge ruled in our client’s favor on 12 out of the 14 disputed terms.

Here is an example of a deposition of an invalidity expert that Simon took.  The expert had submitted a report opining that Simon’s client’s patent was invalid.  At his deposition, Simon got him to admit that many of his opinions were wrong, that he did not understand his own report, and that his report had been drafted by the Defendant’s lawyers.

In his pro bono practice, Simon represents low income tenants in landlord-tenant disputes in collaboration with the Los Angeles Center for Community Law and Action.  Simon recently obtained a full dismissal of an eviction action filed against one of his clients.

Simon was born and grew up in Milan, Italy.  When he is not at work, Simon likes to run, hike, ski, and spend time with his wife Hana, son Giovanni, and bulldog Lila.

Notable Cases:

  • Represents TracBeam LLC, an investor-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 a Silicon Beach startup technology company as lead counsel in a dispute involving patent infringement, trade secret, and antitrust claims against an industry leader in an International Trade Commission investigation and in the Central District of California.  The case settled on confidential terms.
  • Represented Mirror Worlds Technologies in a patent infringement case in the Eastern District of Texas against Apple, Microsoft, and computer manufacturers. The case involved document storage, search, and display technology developed by Yale Professor David Gelernter and Dr. Eric Freeman.  An article about the outcome of the case is available here.
  • Represented Klausner Technologies in a patent infringement case in the Eastern District of Texas involving visual voicemail technology against several phone makers. Simon briefed and argued the Markman hearing (just two months after becoming a lawyer) and prevailed on each of six disputed terms. The case settled on confidential terms shortly after Markman.

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