Jason Kipnis is a partner who focuses his practice on complex intellectual property matters and advises clients on IP portfolio management, litigation, enforcement and dispute counseling, and audits and due diligence. His experience includes trade secret protection and management, standards counseling, open source matters, international rights management and identification and acquisition of intellectual property of third parties.

Mr. Kipnis has advised clients at various stages of development in a wide range of technologies, including computer architecture and system design, software, semiconductor design and fabrication, optics, networking and telecommunications, biotechnology and medical devices.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Mr. Kipnis worked as a consultant for Oracle Corporation, where he designed and implemented database applications.

Professional Activities

Mr. Kipnis is admitted to practice before the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the US District Courts for the Northern District of California and the Eastern District of Texas.

Mr. Kipnis is a frequent speaker on intellectual property matters at professional and academic conferences. He was also previously an adjunct lecturer at Stanford Law School, where he taught IP Strategy for High Technology Companies. In addition, Mr. Kipnis recently served as the President of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Video Coalition and is currently on the board of the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory.


  • Selected by peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for patent law (2023–2024).
  • Recommended in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 United States for intellectual property: patents: prosecution.
  • Recognized in the 2012–2018 editions of IAM Patent 1000 for licensing and patent litigation and prosecution in California.
  • Named in the IAM Patent 300 in 2012.
  • Selected by IAM Patent Litigation 250 as one of the world's leading IP strategists in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
  • Recognized in the 2006, 2009, 2011–2019 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers for his intellectual property practice.

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  • Education

    • JD, Stanford Law School, 1993

      Articles Editor, Stanford Law Review
    • MS, Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988

    • BS, Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988

  • Admissions

    • California

    • US Patent and Trademark Office