Nick Whilt is an experienced litigator with substantial success representing clients in high-stakes intellectual property and technology litigation. Nick regularly represents Fortune 500 companies in technology-intense business litigation and complex actions relating to the enforcement and defense of patent, trade secret, trademark, and other intellectual property rights. He has repeatedly been named a “Rising Star” in intellectual property litigation in the Southern California edition of Super Lawyers. The Legal 500 has also acknowledged Nick’s work in trade secret litigation.
Nick has substantial experience litigating patent infringement and other disputes in district courts across the United States. Nick frequently represents clients in Section 337 investigations before the US International Trade Commission, where he has successfully defeated exclusion orders. He has represented clients in numerous post-grant proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office. He also represents clients in arbitrations.
With a background in computer science, Nick’s technical knowledge and litigation experience spans diverse technologies. He has litigated many cases involving communications technologies and standards, including Internet protocols and wireless protocols (e.g., IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth). He has represented clients in many cases involving computer hardware and software technologies, including the design and operation of CPUs, graphics and video processors, memories, and displays. He regularly represents clients in the semiconductor industry, including in cases relating to the design and manufacturing of flat panel displays (e.g., LED, LCD, and OLED), processors, and memory. He has also represented clients in many cases relating to smartphones, media distribution systems, and video games.
Honors & Awards
- Recognized by Legal 500 for Trade Secret Litigation
- Named a “Rising Star” for IP Litigation by Super Lawyers
- US District Court, Northern and Central Districts of California, and the Southern District of Texas
- US Court of Appeals, Federal and Ninth Circuits
Registered to Practice
- US Patent and Trademark Office
- University of California at Berkeley, J.D.: Berkeley Technology Law Journal
- University of California at Santa Barbara, B.S., Computer Science
- University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A., Business Economics
- “The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act: Protecting the Civil Liberties that Make Defense of Our Nation Worthwhile,” 35 Sw. U. L. Rev. 361 (2006)