Daily Journal’s 2016 Top Intellectual Property Lawyers Include Three from O’Melveny

August 19, 2016


Los Angeles, CA  August 18, 2016  O’Melveny partners Mark Miller, Darin Snyder, and Ryan Yagura have been selected by the Daily Journal for inclusion in its annual listing of California's top intellectual property lawyers. The winners were chosen for their successes over the past year “protecting the intellectual property belonging to companies of all sizes,” focusing on those who “took … challenges head-on” and “pushed technological progress forward.” The lawyers were profiled in an August 17, 2016, special report.

Miller focuses his practice on intellectual property matters including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and domain names, with an emphasis on representing prominent technology companies in patent and technology-related litigation. Daily Journal highlights Miller’s background in physics, which he still finds useful for getting up to speed when new cases arise and as they progress. 

“I have the world's best engineers teaching me technology, and it can take hard work getting ready for that conversation… My background is useful in understanding the nuances,” he said. 

The publication also details Miller’s representation of a design and verification company before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, ultimately defeating the plaintiff's efforts to invalidate patent claims by O’Melveny’s client.

Snyder has extensive experience in major civil and criminal litigation matters involving intellectual property and technology-intensive business sectors. The publication notes his work defending a major technology and Internet company in an infringement case, securing a summary judgment of no willful infringement, and thwarting claims seeking more than US$106 million. 

Snyder told Daily Journal he expects to see a greater emphasis on trade secrets litigation “as forces that contribute to trade secret disputes continue to evolve” and technology allows the transfer of massive amounts of data.

Yagura, who chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property & Technology Practice, steers some of the world’s leading technology companies through their complex patent infringement matters. The publication spotlights Yagura’s work helping a major South Korean electronics manufacturer obtain a new licensing agreement with an American technology company after it acquired assets from a Finnish cell phone maker. 

The O'Melveny team poured through evidence culled from “hundreds of thousands if not millions of documents, written in three languages,” Yagura said, adding that on the eve of trial, they successfully renegotiated a deal that was extremely favorable to the client.

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Emily Lattal
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