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Overview

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.

Education

  • Harvard Law School, (J.D., magna cum laude, 2003)
  • Georgetown University, (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 2000)

Notable Cases

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. This was 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 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.

Personal Facts

  • Jeff grew up in South Jersey and roots for Philly teams
  • Jeff’s first job was driving the tractor that picks up golf balls on a driving range.
  • Third generation plaintiff’s lawyer.

Joining Dovel & Luner

I was in my 2L summer at Quinn Emanuel. I liked the people, I liked the firm, and just a few weeks into the summer I had a permanent offer that I was expecting to accept.  Then I came across Dovel & Luner.

My friend’s neighbor, a writer/director living in Brentwood, had an entertainment lawsuit against former co-collaborators.  His lawyers were terrible and the case needed a new home. One day after work, I sat down with the head of Quinn’s entertainment practice at the time, George Hedges.  He told me the firm was typically on the other side of these types of cases and suggested I contact two names.  One was Greg Dovel, who he had tried a case against.  I couldn’t finding anything about Greg or his firm online.  No website, no online press, nothing.  So I called the other guy.  He wanted an upfront retainer, which the client couldn’t pay.  Back to Greg.

I sat down for lunch with Greg and Julien and we talked about the case.  As we talked, I learned about the firm and I gradually woke up. This lunch wasn’t just about the case, it was about my future.  Here was a guy who was top of his class at Harvard Law, a Supreme Court clerk, and a trial lawyer who started a plaintiff’s firm to try business litigation matters on a contingency fee basis.  As specific as that sounds, this was exactly what I had been looking for but was unable to find. 

Over the course of the next several weeks, I worked in parallel to convince Greg to take the client’s case and to hire me.  He took the case and successfully settled it, and I joined directly out of law school as lawyer number four.  Less than a year later I was running my own cases, including one against the head of Quinn’s San Francisco office.

 

 

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