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Thomas Garten
Thomas Garten
Special Counsel
Silicon Valley +1 650 632 4708 tgarten@cov.com Download V-card

Tom Garten represents global technology companies in a variety of complex intellectual property matters, with an emphasis on patent infringement disputes in federal courts and in Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission. He also counsels clients on strategies for enforcing or defending against broad patent portfolios. Over the past decade, Mr. Garten has handled matters involving a number of different technologies, including wireless communications (IEEE 802.11), digital content sharing, video coding (MPEG-4), GPS tracking, semiconductor devices and structures, encryption, and computer telephony. He maintains an active pro bono practice, through which he has represented clients in California state and appellate courts. During law school, Mr. Garten served as a Judicial Extern for the Hon. Jeremy D. Fogel in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.

  • Represented Texas Instruments in a patent infringement action involving IEEE 802.11 wireless network devices and RAND-related defenses and counterclaims. Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation v. MediaTek et al. (E.D. Tex.).
  • Represented Samsung entities in a Section 337 Investigation and hearing involving digital content sharing patents. In a sweeping victory for Samsung, the Commission determined that Samsung does not infringe the asserted patents, most of the asserted claims are invalid, and the complainant failed to satisfy the domestic industry requirement. Certain Digital Media Devices, Including Televisions, Blu-Ray Disc Players, Home Theater Systems, Tablets and Mobile Phones, Components Thereof and Associated Software (No. 337-TA-882).
  • Represented Texas Instruments in a patent infringement action and subsequent appeal involving systems-on-a-chip. Won summary judgment of non-infringement on most claims and a stipulation of non-infringement under the court’s claim construction for the remaining claims. The judgment was affirmed on appeal. Cradle IP, LLC v. Texas Instruments Incorporated (D. Del.) (Fed. Cir.).
  • Represented Altera in a patent infringement action involving FPGA chips. Cradle IP, LLC v. Altera Corporation (D. Del.).
  • Represented Samsung in a patent infringement action involving GPS technology. NovelPoint Tracking, LLC v. Samsung Telecomm. America, LLC (E.D. Tex.).
  • Represented Fujitsu in a patent infringement action and jury trial involving IEEE 802.11 wireless network devices. Fujitsu Ltd. v. Belkin Int’l, Inc. et al. (N.D. Cal.).
  • Represented eBay Inc. and PayPal, Inc. in patent infringement action involving patents directed to XML encryption and multilevel object-oriented encryption. TecSec, Inc. v. Int’l Business Mach. Corp. et al. (E.D. Va.).
  • Represented Samsung Electronics in a patent infringement action involving video decompression and filtering technology allegedly incorporated in the MPEG-4 standard. Video Enhancement Solutions, LLC v. Denon Electronics (USA), et al. (C.D. Cal.).
  • Represented Samsung entities in a Section 337 Investigation and hearing involving patents concerning interrupt control circuitry, keypad monitoring, and interprocessor communications. Certain Electronic Devices, Including Handheld Wireless Communications Devices (Nos. 337-TA-673, 337-TA-667).
  • Represented inventor Ronald A. Katz in this multidistrict patent infringement litigation against nearly 100 defendants involving interactive telephone, computer telephony and related services. In re Katz Interactive Call Processing Patent Litigation (C.D. Cal.).
  • Represented Ariba in patent infringement actions relating to automated negotiation and auction software. Sky Technologies, LLC v. Ariba, Inc. (D. Mass); Emptoris, Inc. v. Ariba, Inc. (E.D. Tex.).

Pro Bono

  • Representation of petitioners in action seeking to compel LAUSD to increase and improve services for low-income students, foster youth, and English language learners, as required by California’s Local Control Funding Formula. Community Coalition of South Los Angeles v. Los Angeles Unified School District et al. (Los Angeles County).
  • Representation of Alabama death row inmate in post-conviction proceedings.
  • Served as lead counsel in 3-day misdemeanor criminal jury trial in Marin County.
  • Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto Unlawful Detainer Settlement Clinic: Advise tenants facing eviction on settlement options, and negotiate settlements with landlords.
  • Assisted survivor of domestic violence in obtaining a two-year restraining order, including support payments and custody over minor children.
  • LCCR Second Chance Legal Clinic: Assist clients who are working to overcome barriers to employment and housing due to past arrest and conviction records.
  • Successfully represented an Iraq War veteran in obtaining Combat-Related Service pay.
  • Represented a tenant in litigation regarding the interpretation and application of the East Palo Alto Rent Stabilization Ordinance. Woodland Park Management, LLC v. City of East Palo Alto, et al. (San Mateo County).
  • Assisted the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in a lawsuit against the City of Modesto to enforce the California Voting Rights Act. The lawsuit alleged that the City’s at-large council elections disenfranchised Latino voters. The matter concluded with a favorable settlement. Sanchez v. City of Modesto (Stanislaus County).