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Jas Dhillon

Associate
+1.415.249.1047
Fax +1.415.882.8220

Jas Dhillon is an associate in the firm’s San Francisco office. He concentrates his practice on intellectual property and commercial litigation matters. He advises high technology clients in the United States, Europe and Asia on issues associated with: patent infringement; trademark infringement; trade secret misappropriation; intellectual property licensing and technology transactions; breach of contract; product liability; and unfair competition.

Mr. Dhillon has represented clients across a variety of technologies, including: industrial microbiology; biopharmaceutical development and production; telecommunications; electronic hardware; and computer science. He has a B.A. degree in molecular and cell biology, with an emphasis in cell development biology.

Mr. Dhillon’s intellectual property and commercial litigation experience includes preparing and presenting cases for trial. He has advocated for his clients in support of pre-trial motions, including motions for summary judgment; taken and defended client and third-party depositions; and attended court hearings. His specific.experience includes: preparing pleadings; drafting, executing, and responding to discovery, including third-party subpoenas; drafting motions to compel, motions in limine, and motions for summary judgment/determination on various claims and defenses; preparing claim construction briefs and presentations; and drafting expert reports relating to non-infringement, invalidity, and remedies. He regularly works with prior art search firms, experts, and clients to develop invalidity contentions, non-infringement positions, and other case theories and themes and has worked closely with a number of third-parties in order to obtain crucial evidence in support of his clients’ claims and defenses.

In addition to his intellectual property and commercial litigation experience, Mr. Dhillon has negotiated and prepared development, sales, distribution, and service agreements on behalf of brand companies, OEMs, and service providers and suppliers. He has extensive corporate and IP licensing experience, including due diligence experience, advising fortune 500 companies purchasing and selling IP assets.

Mr. Dhillon has also assisted a number of pro bono clients with asylum applications and proceedings, employment claims, and contractual disputes.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Dhillon worked as a law clerk for a firm in New Jersey, where he organized and enforced trademark infringement actions; conducted document review and production; and assisted attorneys with pre-trial preparation.

While in law school, Mr. Dhillon was a research assistant to Professor Beth Stephens.  As a research assistant, he researched numerous human rights topics and edited and updated chapters for the second edition of a book co-authored by Professor Stephens titled "International Human Rights Litigation in Federal Courts."

In his last year of law school, Mr. Dhillon was an extern for Justice Barry T. Albin of the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • San Francisco Bar Association
  • In the matter of Certain Coenzyme Q10 Products and Methods of Making Same, Inv. No. 337-TA-790 (USITC) — Representing respondent Shenzhou Biology and Technology Co., Ltd. against Kaneka Corporation in ITC Investigation involving process patent relating to industrial microbiology and vitamin production.
  • Ventria Bioscience v. Yang, 34-2011-00095576 (Cal. Sup. Ct.) — Representing Ventria Bioscience, Inc. in trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract action against former employee relating to recombinant cell development, expression, and production.
  • Acer v. Technology Properties Limited et al., Case No. 5:08-cv-00877 (N.D. Cal.) — Represented Acer and Gateway in a declaratory action. Technology Properties Limited has counterclaimed for patent infringement and asserted five patents from the Moore Microprocessor Patent Portfolio against Acer and Gateway. The patents concern microprocessor design and operation.
  • Jahns v. Nike, Inc., (N.D. Cal.) — Represented Nike, Inc. in district court action involving product liability claims.
  • Phillip M. Adams & Assoc. LLC. v. Wistron Corp., (D. Wyo.) — Represented Wistron and AOpen in district court in laptop patent dispute involving floppy disc controllers. Motion to dismiss granted for clients.
  • In the matter of Certain Notebook Computer Products and Components, Inv. No. 337-TA-705 (USITC) — Represented respondent Wistron Corporation against Toshiba Corporation in ITC Investigation involving various laptop computer patents. Successful settlement reached after filing of pre-hearing briefing.
  • Toshiba Corp. v. Wistron Corp., Civil Action No. 8:10-cv-00074-SVW-MLG (C.D. Cal.) — Represented Wistron Corporation in district court in laptop patent dispute. Successful settlement reached after filing of pre-hearing briefing in parallel ITC Investigation.
  • Pfister v. Nike, Inc. (N.D. Cal.) — Represented Nike, Inc. and obtained voluntary dismissal with prejudice of all products liability claims alleged by plaintiff in district court action.
  • Sand Hill Advisors LLC v. Sand Hill Advisors, LLC (N.D. Cal.) — Represented Sand Hill Advisors, LLC and won summary judgment dismissing service mark infringement claim involving identical business names which resulted in plaintiff having to change its business name.
  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Int’l Corp. v. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (Cal. Sup. Ct.) — Represented TSMC in defense against trade secret misappropriation claims involving semiconductor manufacturing technology. Successful settlement reached.
  • Levi Strauss & Co. v. Abercrombie & Fitch (N.D. Cal.) — Represented Abercrombie & Fitch against claims of trademark infringement, trademark dilution and unfair competition involving Levi’s “Arcuate” pocket-stitching design, which resulted in a unanimous defense verdict in favor of Abercrombie on all claims. The verdict was named one of the Top Ten California defense verdicts by The Daily Journal.
  • Levi Strauss & Co. v. Esprit (N.D. Cal.) — Represented Esprit’s domestic and international retail and distribution companies against claims of trademark infringement, trademark dilution and unfair competition involving Levi’s “Arcuate” pocket-stitching design. Successful settlement reached.
  • CPUMate v. Acer America Corp. et al, Case No. 08-cv-01865 (D.N.J.) (J. Wolfson) — Represented Acer and Wistron in patent infringement action relating to heat sink technology. Obtained case dismissal.
  • Wistron v. Samsung Electronic Co., Case No. C 07-04748 VRW (N.D. Cal.) — Represented Wistron in a patent infringement action where Samsung had alleged infringement of three patents relating to computer keyboard hot key functions, battery charging power-saving methods, and data storage and retrieval methods. The parties entered into a patent license agreement on a mutually acceptable basis, including a patent cross license, and the lawsuits between them were dismissed.
  • Wacom Co. v. Hanwang Technology Co., Case No. 3:06-cv-05701-RJB (W.D. Wash.) — Represented Hanwang Technology, a leading Beijing based consumer electronics company, in a patent infringement suit involving electronic drawing tablets. Obtained summary judgment, in part, that invalidated key asserted patent based on prior art uncovered during litigation. Shortly thereafter, the parties settled the case.
  • Osanitsch v. Marconi PLC, Case No. 05-03988-CRBW (N.D. Cal.) — Represented Marconi PLC and won dismissal of fraud and breach of contract action.