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Andrea Weiss Jeffries

Partner

Jeffries, Andrea Weiss

Andrea Weiss Jeffries’ practice focuses primarily on complex intellectual property disputes involving patents, copyrights and trademarks. She represents clients in the consumer goods, hardware and software, semiconductor, and pharmaceutical industries in a wide-range of cases.

Ms. Jeffries has particularly extensive experience representing clients in high stakes matters involving patents relating to computer memory, microprocessors, software, database technology, pharmaceutical formulations, medical devices and wireless communications. She has substantial experience litigating in California state court and federal courts across the country.   

Experience

Before joining WilmerHale, Ms. Jeffries was a litigation partner in the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP from 2002-2011. While there, she was a lead attorney for numerous patent litigation matters, and helped create and lead the firm’s Patent Litigation Practice Group. As an associate at Munger, Tolles from 1995-2001, Ms. Jeffries worked on various civil litigation matters. For a three-month period in 2001, Ms. Jeffries served as a pro bono deputy city attorney and tried several cases to verdict.

After law school, Ms. Jeffries served as a law clerk for the Honorable Harry L. Hupp of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as one of California's 2013 and 2015 "Women Leaders in Tech Law" by The Recorder
  • Named a 2013 and 2014 "Southern California Super Lawyer" for her intellectual property litigation practice
  • Named to the Daily Journal’s 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015 lists of California's "Top Women Lawyers"
  • Selected as one of the "Most Powerful & Influential Women" of California in 2012 by the National Diversity Council
  • Recognized as a "Future Star" in the 2012 and 2013 editions of Benchmark Litigation
  • Listed in the 2010 Daily Journal as one of 100 "Top Women Litigators" in California
  • Named a "California Super Lawyers’ Rising Star" from 2005 to 2008

Publications & News

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August 15, 2015

Andrea Jeffries Quoted in BNA Article Discussing Patent Litigation Best Practices as Outlined by Sedona Conference Working Groups

Chair of The Sedona Conference's WG9’s Steering Committee, Vice Chair of Sedona WG10's Steering Committee, and WilmerHale Partner Andrea Jeffries is quoted in, "The Sedona Conference Releases Draft Commentaries on Patent Litigation Best Practices," published by BNA’s Patent Copyright and Trademark Journal.

May 26, 2015

Andrea Weiss Jeffries Honored as a Top Woman Lawyer in California by Daily Journal

For the fourth time, the Daily Journal has included Partner Andrea Weiss Jeffries on its list of Top Women Lawyers in California, which highlights and celebrates female attorneys who have established a reputation for being top in their practice and considered thought leaders in the legal industry. 

April 30, 2015

High Court Will Need To Resolve Circuit Split In Fair Use

An article by Andrea Weiss Jeffries and Kevin Goldman published in the April 30, 2015 edition of Law360.

February 12, 2015

Opinion may stir up more trademark tacking litigation

An article by Andrea Weiss Jeffries and Tiffany Tejeda-Rodriguez published in the February 12, 2015 edition of the Daily Journal.

February 4, 2015

Dish Hopper Case: A Narrow Reading Of Aereo

An article by Andrea Weiss Jeffries and Elaine Zhong published in the February 4, 2015 edition of Law360.

May 13, 2014

Success at the Federal Circuit: WilmerHale Earns Five Victories in One Week

WilmerHale has just completed an extremely successful week at the Federal Circuit, receiving favorable decisions in five out of six patent cases concerning various legal issues.

October 21, 2013

Andrea Weiss Jeffries Named to The Recorder’s “Women Leaders in Tech Law” List

The Recorder has selected Partner Andrea Weiss Jeffries to its 2013 list of California’s “Women Leaders in Tech Law,” an annual list that honors 50 authoritative women who have contributed to the practice, business and advancement of legal issues throughout the previous year.

May 8, 2013

Andrea Weiss Jeffries Named to Daily Journal’s “Top Women Lawyers” List

May 3, 2013

Daily Journal Publishes "Opinions of Counsel in Patent Cases" by Andrea Weiss Jeffries and Christopher Gribble

An article by Partner Andrea Weiss Jeffries and Associate Christopher Gribble, published in the May 3, 2012 edition of the Daily Journal.

March 15, 2013

Partner Catherine Carroll Speaks at USC Gould School of Law’s 2013 Intellectual Property Institute

Catherine Carroll, partner in the Litigation/Controversy Department, served on a debate panel at the highly renowned Intellectual Property (IP) Institute hosted by the University of Southern California Gould School of Law on March 14 in Beverly Hills.

Recent Highlights

  • Representing an American toy and board game company against allegations of copyright infringement of board game characters.
  • Representing a global consumer electronics company accused of infringing a patent involving the processing of compute instructions in the Western District of Wisconsin.
  • Representing a global sportswear and athletic goods company in a trademark and trade dress matter in the District of Massachusetts.
  • Represented a global networking company in patent litigation involving internet traffic transmissions in the Northern District of California. Obtained early dismissal of matter.
  • Represented a major semiconductor company in a jury trial in the Central District of California involving the infringement of several patents related to high-speed networking devices used in data centers. Obtained a favorable outcome after a two-year-long patent infringement case. The Federal Circuit affirmed the permanent injunction and the underlying findings of infringement and validity.
  • Represented an American multinational conglomerate in a patent ownership dispute relating to technology used in wind turbine generators. After a six-day bench trial, obtained favorable decision regarding patent at issue.
  • Represented a major networking equipment manufacturer accused of infringing four patents related to point-to-point network communications in the Northern District of California. Obtained early dismissal of matter.
  • Represented global semiconductor chip maker in the Central District of California in a significant competitor dispute involving the infringement of five patents in four technology areas. Negotiated a favorable settlement.
  • Represented a global sportswear and athletic goods company in a patent infringement case in the Central District of California involving athlete-sponsored contests for designing shoes using a network-based graphical software tool. Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of client.
  • Represented global processor company accused of infringing a family of Wi-Fi patents in the Central District of California. Obtained a favorable claim construction ruling and summary judgment of non-infringement that was upheld on appeal.
  • Represented a software manufacturer accused of infringing a patent in the Central District of California in obtaining a favorable claim construction ruling and summary judgment ruling. Represented two technology companies in the Central District of California against allegations that certain online systems infringe a patent for web-enabled database management system; matter now stayed pending reexamination proceedings.
  • Represented Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag manufacturer against accusations of infringing 14 patents relating to various aspects of RFID tags in the District of North Dakota in obtaining favorable claim construction and summary judgment rulings or dismissal of 13 of the 14 patents, with the final patent currently in reexamination proceedings.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company accused of infringing two patents in the District of Delaware through trial and on appeal, ultimately prevailing in the Federal Circuit, which affirmed the District Court’s grant of judgment as a matter of law.
  • Represented pharmaceutical company accused of infringing three patents relating to various aspects of an immunoassay analyzer in the District of Delaware in obtaining a favorable settlement just prior to trial.

Professional Activities

Ms. Jeffries is currently serving as Chair of the Patent Damages & Remedies Working Group Committee and Vice Chair of the Patent Litigation Best Practices Working Group Committee of the Sedona Conference. She is also currently leading the firm’s copyright and trademark working group.

Mr. Jeffries is a member of the Los Angeles County and Federal Circuit Bar Associations. Ms. Jeffries has also been a member of the University of Southern California Intellectual Property Institute’s planning committee since 2005. 

Practices

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Education

JD, Stanford Law School, 1994, Associate Editor, Stanford Law Review; Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Writing Award Recipient

AB, Chemistry, magna cum laude, Duke University, 1991, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

California

Clerkships

The Hon. Harry L. Hupp, US District Court for the Central District of California, 1994 - 1995