Patent Litigation

Protecting Ideas, Inventions, and Innovations—In and Out of Court

Nationally recognized as a leader in patent litigation, we offer science-forward, hands-on experience in a fast-paced, global practice.

Given our reputation for tech and life sciences legal work, it should be no surprise that Wilson Sonsini has a robust, nationally recognized patent litigation practice. Our team of litigators work across the United States, and they try cases in some of the most high-profile, patent-heavy jurisdictions in the world. 

Patent litigation wrestles with complex science and technologies, legal concepts that can be abstract and esoteric, and a business and regulatory environment that’s often untested ground for your client’s most important innovations.  It is both demanding and exhilarating.

In recent years, from among the approximately 5,000 patent cases that are filed each year, the validity of more than 1,100 patents is challenged before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board at the U.S. Patent Office. Our exceptionally dedicated practice group regularly handles these cases with stellar outcomes.

For a passionate and motivated attorney, this practice can be a dream come true.

You’ll use your technical background in your work every day, and collaborate closely with some of the most innovative people and companies in the world. You’ll get in-depth experience early on in your career, and be running cases by the time you are a senior associate. You’ll get trial experience early and often, and hone your skills working on some of the most important cases in the tech and life sciences world.  Your cases can lead to precedent-setting wins that open new avenues of research and development as well as new markets and industries. 

Our patent litigation practice is often hiring. Come join our team.

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San Francisco
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Patent Litigation

We are currently seeking a second to fourth year associate for the San Francisco office to litigate and try IP and technology-focused cases for a career. We handle trade secret, patent, copyright, and other technology-centered commercial disputes for Silicon Valley’s largest companies and cutting-edge start-ups. We have advanced the law repeatedly in key areas. We try cases. Candidates must have excellent academic credentials, as well as top-notch writing, speaking, fact development, and legal research skills. We work collaboratively and seek candidates to learn and run cases.  We prioritize early responsibility and leadership opportunities on our case teams. 

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    Wilson Sonsini prevailed on its request for a permanent injunction and treble damages on behalf of Taiwan-based semiconductor company Cyntec in its patent dispute with Chilisin Electronic Corp. The permanent injunction and treble damages order followed Wilson Sonsini’s complete trial victory, when a jury unanimously found in favor of Cyntec.

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Year after year, Wilson Sonsini ranks among the most diverse law firms in the United States. For us, diversity is not just a commitment—it is integrated throughout our business, from recruiting to promotion.