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Andrea Weiss Jeffries

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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 2013-2016 "Southern California Super Lawyer" for her intellectual property litigation practice
  • Named to the Daily Journal's 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 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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May 16, 2016

Congress Creates Federal Right of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

On May 11, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, which enables companies to go to federal court to sue for misappropriation of trade secrets.

May 11, 2016

California Trade Secrets vs. DTSA

An article by Andrea Jeffries and Derek Gosma, published in the Daily Journal, explores how the DTSA's key features compare to California's trade secrets law and how companies now evaluate whether patent or trade secret protection is more suitable to a given innovation.

May 5, 2016

Andrea Jeffries Selected as a Top Woman Lawyer by Daily Journal for Fifth Time

The Daily Journal included Partner Andrea Jeffries to its list of Top Women Lawyers in California, which recognizes exceptional female attorneys who prove to be leaders in the industry year after year.

May 5, 2016

Copyright and Trademark Case Review: Cheerleading Uniforms, DMCA Users, Graphical Layouts and More

WilmerHale compiles lists of precedential and informative opinions that raise copyright and trademark law issues. The following is a consolidated list of those opinions with brief summaries designed to showcase the latest developments in intellectual property law.

April 4, 2016

Copyright and Trademark Case Review: FLANAX, Fishing Tackle, Football Players and More

WilmerHale compiles lists of precedential and informative opinions that raise copyright and trademark law issues. The following is a consolidated list of those opinions with brief summaries designed to showcase the latest developments in intellectual property law.

March 25, 2016

Stay Versus Stay: How Litigation Stays Pending IPRs Impact the 30-Month Regulatory Stay in Hatch-Waxman Litigation

In this article published in BNA's Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal, Andrea Weiss Jeffries and Nancy Schroeder detail the impact of the Hatch-Waxman Act on pharmaceutical companies and patent infringement actions.

March 21, 2016

"Dancing Baby" Decision Affects DMCA Notice-and-Takedown Provision

The Ninth Circuit amended its prior opinion in the famed "Dancing Baby" case, at the same time denying both parties' petitions for panel rehearing and plaintiff Stephanie Lenz's petition for rehearing en banc.

March 2, 2016

Copyright and Trademark Case Review

WilmerHale compiles lists of precedential and informative opinions that raise copyright and trademark law issues. The following is a consolidated list of those opinions with brief summaries designed to showcase the latest developments in intellectual property law.

October 2, 2015

Andrea Weiss Jeffries Again Named a Leader in Tech Law

For the second time, The Recorder has named Partner Andrea Weiss Jeffries to its Women Leaders in Tech Law list.

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.

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