Darin Snyder


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Darin Snyder engineers winning litigation strategies for world-leading companies involved in patent, trade secrets, and technology-intense copyright disputes. Armed with more than 30-years of trial experience, Darin excels in advocacy and in client service. Across the US, his celebrated track-record includes victories at trial, pre-trial, and on appeal — including precedent-setting matters. He heads Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at O’Melveny and is a member of the Executive Committee. 


Honors & Awards

  • Awarded “Intellectual Property Litigator of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation (2023)
  • Awarded “Litigator of the Year - California” by Managing Intellectual Property (2022)
  • Named one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal (2022)
  • Finalist for ”Diversity & Inclusion Lawyer of the Year” by Chambers North America (2022)
  • Named one of the top 75 intellectual property litigators in California by The Daily Journal (2010-2011, 2016, 2018-2022)
  • Recognized in Chambers USA as a Leading Lawyer in California, Intellectual Property: Patent (2017-2023)
  • Named repeatedly in The Legal 500 US, for Patent, Copyright, Trade Secrets Litigation, and General Commercial Disputes
  • Recommended in IAM Patent 1000 (2019-2023)
  • Recognized as a National Practice Area Star and a Local Litigation Star in Intellectual Property by Benchmark Litigation (2021, 2023)
  • Recognized by The Daily Journal as a Top Trade Secrets Lawyer (2019-2020)
  • Recipient of the Warren Christopher Values Award for exemplifying O’Melveny’s values of uncompromising excellence, distinctive leadership, and superior citizenship (2020)
  • Named in Who’s Who Legal: Patents (2016-2022)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® for Litigation - Intellectual Property and Patent Law in San Francisco, CA (2022-2024); and for Litigation - Patent in San Francisco, CA (2023-2024); Darin has been listed in Best Lawyers® since 2014
  • Recognized repeatedly by Law & Politics Media Inc. as a Northern California “Super Lawyer”


Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Central, Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of California
  • US District Court, District of Colorado
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • US Court of Appeals, Fifth, Ninth and Federal Circuits, Veteran Claims
  • California Supreme Court
  • US Supreme Court


  • University of Chicago, J.D., 1988: cum laude; Hinton Moot Court Champion, 1987; Bradley Law and Government Fellow, 1987-1988
  • Georgetown University, B.A., 1985: cum laude

Professional Activities


  • Founder and Chair, Bay Urban Debate League (2007-23)
  • Former Board Member, Bar Association of San Francisco 
  • Former Board Member, The Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, Employment Law Center
  • Former Co-Chair, American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Intellectual Property Committee, Trade Secrets Sub-committee


  • “Trade Secret Law and Corporate Strategy,” (Third Edition, LexisNexis 2018)
  • “Testing the Cryptocurrency Patent Waters,” Los Angeles Daily Journal (April 2018)
  • “A Survey of In-House Attorney Views on Trade Secrets,” IP Law360 (January 2018)
  • “Initial Artifex Ruling Is Victory for Open-Source Software,” Law360 (May 2017)
  • “Keeping Secrets: A Practical Introduction to Trade Secret Law and Strategy,” (Oxford University Press 2012)
  • “A Statistical Analysis of Trade Secret Litigation in State Courts,” 46 Gonzaga Law Review 57 (February 2011), judged one of the best intellectual property articles published in 2011 and selected for inclusion and republication in the 2012 edition of the Intellectual Property Law Review
  • “A Statistical Analysis of Trade Secret Litigation in Federal Courts,” 45 Gonzaga Law Review 291 (March 2010)
  • Google. Stepped in as lead trial counsel at the eleventh hour — and won a jury verdict at trial — in a W.D. Tex. patent case accusing Google’s Nest Hub products of infringing patent claims relating to digital picture frame technology. (Profectus Technology LLC v. Google LLC)
  • Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. Established leading precedent on venue requirements, and constrained plaintiffs’ efforts to maneuver around them, persuading the Federal Circuit to issue a writ of mandamus ordering the transfer of two patent cases out of W.D. Tex. to N.D. Cal. Solidifying the win, the Supreme Court denied certiorari. (Ikorongo Texas LLC v. Samsung Electronics and Ikorongo v. LG Electronics
  • Samsung Electronics, Waze, and Google. Won a writ of mandamus that halted an E.D. Tex. trial just two weeks before jury selection, transferring three related cases to N.D. Cal. (AGIS Software Development LLC v. Waze Mobile Limited; v. Google; and v. Samsung)  
  • Samsung Electronics and Samsung Display Company. Battled an aggressive, well-funded, Irish patent-holding company through trial in the US International Trade Commission, involving complex OLED technology. (Certain Active Matrix OLED Display Devices and Components Thereof
  • Google. Won at trial in a D.Del. patent infringement case seeking more than US$100 million in damages. The jury invalidated the patent, found no infringement, and the Federal Circuit affirmed. The case formed the basis of a Nextflix mini-series, “The Billion Dollar Code.” (ART+COM Innovationpool GmbH v. Google Inc.)  
  • News Corp. subsidiaries, NDS Group plc and NDS Americas. Defeated a plaintiff seeking nearly US$2 billion in damages in a case involving copyright infringement and related claims relating to the software and hardware used to create "smartcards" that decrypt subscription digital television broadcasts. After six years of litigation, a five-week jury trial in C.D. Cal., and related cross-appeals, the plaintiff ended up owing Darin’s client for fees. (EchoStar Corp v. NDS Group PLC
  • Artifex Inc. Broke new legal ground, defeating a motion to dismiss a case of first impression involving open source software licenses, extraterritorial infringement, and potential remedies available to owners of copyrighted software licensed under open source agreements. The win was widely hailed as an important victory for open source development. (Artifex Software, Inc. v. Hancom, Inc.
  • JHL Biotech, Inc. (now Eden Biologics). Defended a complex bet-the-company trade secrets case against biotech giant Genentech, Inc.; securing a preliminary injunction order that allowed the company to continue to operate. (Genentech, Inc. v. JHL Biotech, Inc., et al.
  • Niantic, Inc. Secured the dismissal and Federal Circuit affirmance, under § 101, of 44 patent claims asserted against Niantic's wildly popular Pokémon GO application. (Location Based Services, LLC v. Niantic, Inc.
  • Google. Invalidated all asserted claims of all asserted patents in inter partes review proceedings, resulting in the dismissal of a related patent infringement case accusing Google’s Chrome browser and the Google Maps application installed on over a dozen models of Google-, Motorola-, and Samsung-branded mobile devices; the Federal Circuit affirmed. (Micrografx, LLC v. Google)

Press Releases

O’Melveny Achieves Federal Circuit Win After 13-Year Patent Dispute For Google

August 24, 2023

One Hundred O’Melveny Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers in America ® 2024

August 17, 2023

O'Melveny Named to Bloomberg Law’s Third Annual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Framework

July 20, 2023

O’Melveny Recognized with DEI Leadership Gold Seal by the California State Bar

June 20, 2023

O’Melveny Practices, Lawyers Highly Ranked by The Legal 500 US 2023

June 13, 2023

O’Melveny Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2023

June 1, 2023

O’Melveny Partners Darin Snyder and Ryan Yagura Named 2023 “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” by the Daily Journal

May 17, 2023

O’Melveny Secures Unanimous Victory for Google at the Federal Circuit

April 21, 2023

O’Melveny Partner Darin Snyder Named 2023 “Intellectual Property Litigator of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation

March 17, 2023

For Fifth Consecutive Year, O’Melveny Achieves Mansfield Certification for Diverse Hiring and Promotion Practices

October 18, 2022

O'Melveny Partners Daniel Petrocelli and Darin Snyder Named to Daily Journal's 2022 "Top 100 Lawyers" List

September 21, 2022

Eighty Five O’Melveny Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers in America ® 2023

August 24, 2022

O’Melveny Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2022

June 8, 2022

O’Melveny Partners Darin Snyder and Ryan Yagura Named 2022 “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” by the Daily Journal

April 20, 2022

Managing IP Lauds O’Melveny with Multiple Awards

April 11, 2022

Daily Journal Names Eberhart, Snyder 2021 “Top Trade Secret Lawyers”

October 6, 2021

In the News

Law360: Google Gets Fed. Circ. To Affirm PTAB’s Ax Of Mapping IP

July 12, 2023

Law360: Law360’s Legal Lions Of The Week April 21

April 21, 2023

Law360: Fed. Circ. Wipes Out Google’s US$20M Anti-Malware Patent Loss

April 17, 2023

Daily Journal: Top 100 Lawyers 2022: Darin W. Snyder

September 21, 2022

Daily Journal: Waze Mobile, Google and Samsung Get Patent Case Moved to California

August 25, 2022

Law360: Home Care Co., Ex-Exec Settle Trade Secrets Row

May 23, 2022

Daily Journal: Darin Snyder Named to Daily Journal’s 2022 “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” List

April 20, 2022

Managing IP: Managing IP Americas Awards 2022: All The Winners Revealed

April 8, 2022

Bloomberg Law: Enhancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Requires Listening

March 10, 2022

The Texas Lawbook: Another Patent Infringement Defense Verdict in Waco in Win for Google

October 8, 2021

Reuters: Jury Finds For Google Against Digital Picture-Frame Patent Claims

October 6, 2021

Daily Journal: O’Melveny’s Darin Snyder Named “Top Trade Secret Lawyer”

October 6, 2021

Law360: BREAKING: Google Didn’t Infringe Digital Photo Frame Patent, Jury Says

October 6, 2021

Law360: Google Owes Nearly $3M Over Photo Frame Patent, Jury Told

October 4, 2021