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Lisa Nguyen


Silicon Valley

San Francisco

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Lisa Nguyen


Silicon Valley

San Francisco

Lisa represents cutting-edge technology companies in intellectual property matters, particularly in litigation against non-practicing entities. Lisa is adept at resolving disputes efficiently and identifying pragmatic solutions for her clients. Her practical and deliberate approach to prepare cases for trial regularly disposes of claims early in the process.

Lisa has a proven track record obtaining successful trial verdicts, summary judgment rulings, and dismissals at the pleading stage. She has also obtained multiple walk aways for defendants (obtaining dismissals with no payment to plaintiffs), as well as attorneys’ fees. Lisa represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex multi-jurisdictional, multi-patent cases, and has substantial experience handling cases pending before district courts across the country, the International Trade Commission (ITC), and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB).

Lisa regularly speaks and writes on patent counseling and IP issues. Her speaking engagements include presentations at the Advanced Patent Law Institute, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, the National Conference of Vietnamese American Attorneys, and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Lisa has been listed among Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Women of Influence, the Top 50 Women in the PTAB, an Asian Leader Worth Watching, and a Rising Star in IP Litigation.

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Silicon Valley

550 High Street, Second Floor
Palo Alto
CA 94301

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San Francisco

595 Market Street, Suite 950
San Francisco
CA 94105

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Admitted: State Bar of California, 2006

US Patent and Trademark Office, 2005

Northern District of California, 2007

Central District of California, 2009

Southern District of California, 2014

Eastern District of Texas, 2012

District of Colorado. 2018

US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2010


JD, University of Chicago Law School, 2006

B.A., Computer Science and Legal Studies (High Honors), University of California, Berkeley, 2003

Other noteworthy experience


  • Symantec and Veritas in connection with representation as co-lead counsel in a second lawsuit brought by IV alleging infringement of three patents. By the completion of summary judgment briefing, only two claims of one patent remained. Successfully obtained summary judgment of both non-infringement and invalidity based on § 101. [Intellectual Ventures v. Symantec (D. Del.)]
  • NVIDIA in connection with defense in an eight-patent suit involving various semiconductor technologies, including fabrication, memory controllers, and SDRAMs. By the time of trial, only three patents remained. The judge declared a mistrial as to two patents, and the jury found the remaining patent not infringed. [Samsung Electronics. v. NVIDIA Corporation (E.D. Va.)]
  • LSI defended against assertion of 12 patents by competitor Altera and represented LSI offensively in assertion of 12 additional patents in responsive counterclaims. The case settled after infringement contentions were served. [Altera v. LSI (C.D. Cal.)]
  • Jaguar Land Rover in connection with a patent litigation involving instrument clusters. Successfully obtained summary judgment of invalidity and award of attorneys’ fees and costs. The Federal Circuit summarily affirmed both decisions. [Vehicle Interface Technologies v. Jaguar Land Rover (D. Del.; Fed. Cir.)]
  • Symantec in connection with a second lawsuit brought by Uniloc involving software activation and anti-piracy software. Obtained favorable settlement for Symantec prior to claim construction. [Uniloc USA. v. Symantec (E.D. Tex.)]
  • GEICO in connection with a patent litigation involving mobile applications. The case resulted in a walk away by the plaintiff months before trial. [MacroSolve, Inc. v. GEICO (E.D. Tex.)]
  • Tropos Networks in connection with a patent litigation involving two patents related to mesh networking. Although the case had been pending for more than seven years, obtained a stay pending inter partes reexamination. The case settled on favorable terms during the stay. [IP Co., LLC v. Tropos Networks, Inc. (N.D. Ga.)]
  • Linvatec in connection with a patent litigation involving nine patents related to suture anchors. Successfully ran the table on claim construction issues on all patents to obtain a favorable settlement shortly after the claim construction order issued. [Bonutti Skeletal Innovations v. Linvatec Corporation (M.D. Fla.)]
  • Honda in connection with a patent litigation brought by Intellectual Ventures related to electric motors, successfully obtaining an initial determination of no violation after a one-week trial. [In the Matter of Certain Thermoplastic-Encapsulated Electric Motors, Components Thereof, and Products and Vehicles Containing Same II]
  • AU Optronics in connection siwth a patent litigation brought by Thomson involving multiple patents related to LCD panels and semiconductor devices. After a one-week trial, the Administrative Law Judge issued an initial determination, finding that AU Optronics did not infringe any of Thomson’s patents, and invalidating most of the asserted claims. The finding of no violation was upheld by the Commission. [In the Matter of Certain Liquid Crystal Display Devices, Including Monitors, Televisions, And Modules, And Components Thereof]

Pro bono

  • Working with the Texas Civil Rights Project to investigate Houston ordinance limiting housing for parolees.
  • Representing victims of domestic violence in applying for asylum and U Visas and obtaining restraining orders.
  • Working with the Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach to aid victims of trafficking.
  • Filing administrative complaints against police department for racial profiling of the Iu Mien community.

Published work

  • “To Patent or Not to Patent Your Product? 7 Rules of Thumb to Follow,” Women 2.0, May 30, 2014
  • “Confidentiality Agreements: Protecting Valuable Business and Technology Assets,” Women 2.0, April 29, 2014
  • “25 Years of CAFC Inequitable Conduct Jurisprudence,” Patent Strategy & Management, Vol. 8, No. 7, December 2007
  • “In Defense of Sell: Involuntary Medication and the Permanently Incompetent Criminal Defendant,” 597 University of Chicago Legal Forum, 2005.

Awards & accolades

Asian Leaders Worth Watching

Diversity Journal, 2021

Best Under 40

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), 2020

Rising Star in Intellectual Property Litigation

Northern California Super Lawyers, 2013-2016