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How to Successfully Handle Patent Hearings and Trials Online


Speaker(s): James Hannah, Lisa Kobialka
Recorded on: Feb. 12, 2021
PLI Program #: 318831

James Hannah is a nationally recognized patent litigator who tries cases for high-tech companies across the country. James represents patent holders seeking to enforce their patent rights and has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in judgments and settlements. He also defends clients against allegations of infringement, and has obtained a variety of defensive wins for his clients, including walk-away dismissals, jury verdicts of noninfringement and global settlements with no payment exchanged.

Recently, Law360 honored James as a lawyer “whose legal accomplishments belie [his] age,” the Daily Journal lauded him for one of the “largest and most significant verdicts,” and several other publications recognized him as being one of the Top IPR Attorneys in the United States.

James’ notable work includes representing Finjan Inc., a computer and network cybersecurity company, in multiple patent litigations to protect its technology patents. In the most recent trials, James obtained back-to-back jury verdicts totaling $54.5 million in compensatory damages.

James’ defense work includes successfully defending Sirius XM in a patent infringement case involving the transmission and demodulation of satellite signals. In a multipronged attack, James obtained an admission from the plaintiff’s expert during cross-examination that the asserted patent was invalid. The case settled on favorable terms shortly thereafter.

In addition to patent litigation, James regularly represents clients in proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has successfully represented patent owners, avoiding institution of trial and confirming claims as patentable over the prior art. On behalf of petitioners, he has obtained excellent results strategically using these proceedings with corresponding district court litigations.

James also maintains an active patent, trademark and copyright procurement practice for a variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to Silicon Valley startups. He is an active member of the intellectual property community and is frequently asked to provide CLE lectures for academic and industry leaders. He has also been a guest lecturer in the Federal Litigation class at Stanford University School of Law for more than five years.


Lisa Kobialka has been at the forefront of some of the most challenging trials in different venues across the country and handled more than 200 litigations. She counsels and represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex intellectual property litigation, including trials and evidentiary hearings in numerous jurisdictions across the United States involving claims for patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition and trademark infringement. Lisa represents clients in a variety of technology-related industries, with a particular emphasis on the energy, computer science and pharmaceutical sectors.

She also represents clients in general litigation, including breach of contract and tort claims. In the past few years, she successfully tried several different multipatent cases, including one in the Northern District of California involving anti-virus software and computer products, and two separate trials in the District of Nebraska involving wireless carriers. She also handled a Lanham Act dispute for a Fortune 500 company in the District of Delaware that settled just hours before opening statements.

In 2017, The Daily Journal recognized Lisa as a Top IP Lawyer in California, and The Recorder named her to their Women Leaders in Tech Law annual list. Silicon Valley Business Journal presented Lisa with the 2016 Women of Influence Award. Managing Intellectual Property named Lisa California Litigator of the Year in 2016, Patent Star and Trademark Star from 2015 through 2019, and one of the Top 250 Women in IP in its 2013 edition of IP Stars.