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Brian J. Ankenbrandt

Partner
+1.650.798.6725
Fax +1.650.798.6701

Brian Ankenbrandt has two decades of experience representing clients in patent, trade secret and other technology-intensive disputes, from case inception through trial and appeal. He also has extensive experience in pre-litigation counseling, early dispute resolution, and structuring and negotiating settlement and licensing agreements to avoid or conclude litigation.

Mr. Ankenbrandt has achieved outstanding results for clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to innovative startups, both as defendants and plaintiffs, in federal and state courts throughout the country. He is consistently recognized for his skill in absorbing challenging technological information quickly, combining that information with his mastery of the relevant law to develop winning strategies, and distilling and communicating complex concepts in a way that judges and juries understand them and find them persuasive.

Mr. Ankenbrandt’s technology litigation matters have involved diverse technologies, including: computer networks and databases; telecommunications hardware, software, and networks; integrated circuits; memory/storage devices and systems; consumer electronics devices and systems; materials science and semiconductor manufacturing; synthetic fibers and related applications; medical devices and expert systems; mobile and Internet browsers, payment systems, and business methods; computer gaming; and audio/music recognition.

In addition to technology litigation, Mr. Ankenbrandt has substantial experience in other complex litigation matters involving claims such as unfair competition, violations of antitrust laws, breach of contract, fraud, and indemnification.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Ankenbrandt was of counsel in the Intellectual Property practice of another international law firm.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Served as an Adjunct Professor, teaching patent litigation at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law
  • Externed for the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel, United States District Court Judge in the Northern District of California
  • Engineer at Hewlett-Packard Co. and at Asymtek, Inc., a manufacturer of industrial robotic equipment
Mr. Ankenbrandt’s clients range from early-stage private companies to some of the largest companies in the world. Representative matters include:

  • Amazon.com, Inc. adverse to Discovery Communications Inc. (D. Del. and W.D. Wash.) (e-book technology)
  • Apple Inc. adverse to SoftView LLC (D. Del.) (Internet browsers)
  • Applied Materials, Inc. v. Plasma Physics Corp. and Solar Physics Corp. (E.D.N.Y.) (semiconductor manufacturing equipment)
  • Applied Materials, Inc. adverse to Linear Technology Corp and Texas Instruments Inc. (E.D. Tex.) (semiconductor manufacturing equipment)
  • Applied Materials, Inc. v. Semiconductor Products Manufacturing, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) (semiconductor manufacturing equipment)
  • eBay Inc. adverse to. NES (N.D. Cal.) (Internet commerce)
  • eBay Inc. adverse to IBM (Internet commerce)
  • eBay Inc. adverse to MercExchange, LLC (E.D. Va.) (Internet commerce)
  • Etec Systems, Inc. adverse to Micronic Laser Systems (N.D. Cal.) (laser pattern generators)
  • Half.com, Inc. adverse to MercExchange, LLC (E.D. Va.) (Internet commerce)
  • Kolon Industries, Inc. adverse to E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (E.D. Va.) (civil trade secret case involving para-aramid synthetic fibers)
  • Kolon Industries, Inc. adverse to the United States (E.D. Va.) (criminal trade secret case involving para-aramid synthetic fibers)
  • Lipstream Networks, Inc. adverse to Hearme (N.D. Cal.) (voice over Internet Protocol)
  • McKesson v. TriZetto (Del.) (medical expert system)
  • nVidia Corporation adverse to Silicon Graphics Inc. (N.D. Cal.) (graphics chips)
  • nVidia Corporation adverse to S3 Corp. (N.D. Cal.) (graphics chips)
  • PayPal adverse to First USA Bank, N.A. (Del.) (electronic payment system)
  • Qualcomm Inc. adverse to Ericsson Inc. (E.D. Tex.) (mobile telecommunications and infrastructure technology)
  • Qualcomm Personal Electronics adverse to Ericsson, Inc. (N.D. Tex.) (mobile telecommunications and infrastructure technology)
  • ReturnBuy, Inc. adverse to MercExchange, LLC (E.D. Va.) (Internet commerce)
  • Shazam Entertainment Ltd. adverse to Digimarc Corp. (D. Ore.) (music recognition
  • Shazam Entertainment Ltd. adverse to Iceberg Industries, Inc. (E.D. Va.) (music recognition)
  • Shazam Entertainment Ltd., Amazon.com Inc., Apple Inc., Motorola Inc. and Verizon Wireless adverse to Tune Hunter Inc. (E.D. Tex.) (music recognition)
  • ShuffleMaster, Inc. adverse to Prime Table Games, LLC (S.D. Miss.) (proprietary table games (gambling))
  • T-Mobile USA, Inc. adverse to Netcraft Corp. (D. Del.) (mobile commerce methods)
  • U.S. Postal Service adverse to Pitney Bowes, stamps.com and E-Stamp (Electronic postage)
  • Viacom Inc. adverse to Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. (E.D. Tex., D. Mass.) (music gaming systems)