Jason D. Kipnis


Kipnis, Jason

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 an adjunct lecturer at Stanford Law School, where he teaches IP Strategy for High Technology Companies. He is also a frequent speaker on intellectual property matters at professional and academic conferences. In addition, Mr. Kipnis serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Video Coalition.

Honors & Awards

  • Recommended in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 United States for intellectual property: patents: prosecution
  • Recognized in the 2012-2017 editions of IAM Patent 1000 for licensing and patent litigation 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, 2011-2017 editions of Northern California Super Lawyers for his intellectual property practice

Publications & News


July 24, 2017

WilmerHale Recognized in IAM Patent 1000 2017

The firm and several of its partners are ranked in IAM Patent 1000 2017 – The World's Leading Patent Professionals.

June 19, 2014

Unanimous U.S. Supreme Court Decides Closely-Watched Case on Patent Eligibility of Computer-Implemented Business Methods

In a unanimous decision authored by Justice Thomas, the Supreme Court today affirmed the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision invalidating the patents asserted by Alice Corporation against CLS Bank International as ineligible for patent protection under 35 U.S.C. §101 because they are directed to an abstract idea.

June 17, 2014

WEX to Acquire Evolution1, a Leader in Cloud-Based Technology and Payment Solutions in the Healthcare Industry

WEX Inc., a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, and Evolution1, a leader in cloud-based technology and payment solutions in the healthcare industry, announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement for WEX to acquire Evolution1 for $532.5 million in cash.

November 11, 2013

Jason Kipnis Joins WilmerHale’s Intellectual Property Department in Palo Alto

WilmerHale is pleased to announce that Jason Kipnis has joined the firm's Palo Alto office as a partner in the Intellectual Property Department. Kipnis is an experienced intellectual property lawyer with a diverse practice whose arrival advances the firm's growth in the Silicon Valley market and the depth of experience the practice offers.


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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

Bar Admissions


United States Patent and Trademark Office

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