Robert Fram is one of the leaders of the firm's patent litigation group, having served as co-chair from 2008 through 2013. He resident in the firm’s San Francisco office. He has substantial experience litigating patent, copyright, trade secret, and licensing cases. Mr. Fram’s trial experience includes proceedings in federal and state courts and patent trials in California, New Jersey, Texas, and the International Trade Commission.
Mr. Fram has been recognized by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America as a leading IP lawyer, and the San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal named him one of the "Top 50 IP Litigators in California." He is a past President of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (Northern California). Mr. Fram represents clients in a range of high-tech industries, including software, computer and electronic, semiconductor, and others.
- Mobile Device Litigation. Mr. Fram led the team that decisively wiped out a half-billion dollar damages and injunction claims, part of Covington’s successful defense of one of the world’s largest smartphone and tablet manufacturers. The case involved the assertion of six allegedly standards essential patents. In a notable victory for our client, the Court ruled that an injunction cannot be obtained to enforce a patent that declared essential to a standard and is subject to a FRAND commitment.
- Fujitsu Limited v. Belkin International, Inc. et al. (N.D. Cal). Represented Fujitsu against several manufacturers of PCMIA cards and access point devices in a patent infringement case concerning wireless network technology.
- CCP Systems AG v Samsung Electronics Corp. Ltd. et al. (D. New Jersey). Representing Samsung in a suit alleging copyright and patent infringement relating to software used by printers.
- In the Matter of Certain Electronic Devices, Including Handheld Wireless Communications Devices, Investigations Nos. 337-TA-667 and 337 TA 673. Represented Samsung in this ITC investigation.
- Ariba v. Emptoris (E.D. Texas). Secured a jury verdict for Ariba Inc., including a finding that two patents involving online auction technology were valid and infringed.
- Overture Services, Inc. v. Google Inc. (N.D. California). Represented Yahoo! subsidiary, Overture Services, in a lawsuit alleging infringement of Overture's pioneering paid search patent. In a highly-publicized settlement, Google took a license to this patent and several related patents.
- GlobespanVirata v. Texas Instruments, Inc. (D. New Jersey). Obtained a jury verdict of $112 million for Texas Instruments and Stanford University for infringement of patents involving high speed DSL modem technology.
- Fortinet, Inc. v. Trend Micro Incorporated (N.D. Cal.). Represents Trend Micro in patent litigation concerning anti-virus technology.
Honors and Rankings
- Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers (2004-2013)
- San Francisco Magazine, Top 100 Northern California Lawyers (2011-2012)
- Northern California Super Lawyer, Intellectual Property Litigation (2004-2013)
- Best Lawyers in America (2010-2014)
- Daily Journal, Top IP Litigators in California (2008-2011)
- Euromoney's Benchmark Litigation, National Star - IP Litigation and State Star CA (2013-2014)
- Who's Who Legal (2009)
- San Francisco Business Times, Best Lawyers in the Bay Area (2009)
- Hepting, et al. v. AT&T (N.D. California). Represented plaintiffs in this landmark case concerning alleged mass electronic surveillance of Internet and telephone communications by the NSA. Over the objections of the Department of Justice, Mr. Fram successfully persuaded the District Court that the case should not be dismissed on the basis of the State Secret privilege.
Memberships and Affiliations
- State Bar of California
- Association of Business Trial Lawyers, President, Northern California Chapter (2002)
Publications and Speeches
- "Non-Practicing Entities at the International Trade Commission," Silicon Valley Innovation & Law Conference (1/12/2011)