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Patricia L. Peden

44 Montgomery Street
Suite 3100
San Francisco, California 94104
Phone:  415.913.4932
Fax:  415.391.8766
400 Capitol Mall
Suite 1500
Sacramento, California 95814


Patricia Peden is a seasoned litigator and trial attorney, and leader of the firm's Intellectual Property Department. Her practice focuses on litigating patent infringement cases and other complex commercial litigation. In addition to bringing to the table a deep knowledge of substantive legal doctrines, she offers clients solid business judgment and an unwavering commitment to client service.

Ms. Peden understands cases are won by hard work, creative thinking and mastery of the law and facts. She knows what information will be persuasive at trial. She litigates with an eye toward trial, allowing her to make cost-benefit judgment calls during discovery based on what is truly needed for a successful result. Ms. Peden maximizes early case planning to ensure litigation costs are proportional to case value. And she understands the importance of teamwork and communication. She strives to provide her clients with clear, concrete solutions to complex legal problems.

Ms. Peden has litigated disputes ranging from large, complex cases with multi-million-dollar damage claims to smaller suits between private parties. Her patent infringement cases have involved a wide range of technologies, including cellular telephony, recombinant human erythropoietin, LED technology, Wi-Fi, various chipsets, software and business methods, to name a few. She has litigated non-compete agreements and trade secret disputes. She has substantial experience litigating cases in the Eastern District of Texas, the Northern District of California and other magnet venues for intellectual property disputes. Ms. Peden has considerable experience with complex commercial cases involving trade secrets and non-compete agreements, copyright, trademark, antitrust, fraud, breach of contract, business torts and defamation. She also maintains an active appellate practice.

Representative Experience

  • Balsam Brands Inc. et al v. Cinmar, LLC et. Al (N.D. Cal.). Lead counsel representing defendants in patent infringement litigation. Successfully defeated Plaintiffs’ motion for a temporary restraining order.
  • Sabre v. Shan. (Tex.) Lead counsel representing defendant in litigation involving breach of non-compete agreement and trade secret misappropriation.
  • Rothschild Connected Devices Innovations, LLC v. Q-See a/k/a Digital Peripheral Solutions, Inc. (E.D. Tex.). Lead counsel representing defendant in patent infringement litigation.
  • Blue Spike, LLC v. wywy Inc. (E.D. Tex.). Lead counsel representing defendant in patent infringement litigation. Successfully settled case on terms very favorable to client.
  • Plantronics Inc. v. BlueAnt Wireless Pty., Ltd. et al (N.D. Cal.). Lead counsel representing defendant in patent infringement litigation. Case successfully settled.
  • SyncPoint Imaging LLC v. PixArt Imaging, Inc., et al. (E.D. Tex). Represent defendant manufacturer of CMOS device used in Wii game controller in patent infringement and breach of contract action.
  • In the Matter of Certain Wireless Headsets (ITC). Represent foreign manufacturer of bluetooth headsets accused of patent infringement.
  • TEK Global S.R.L. v. Sealant Systems International, Inc. (N.D. Cal.). Represented Plaintiff and counterclaim defendant in patent infringement litigation.
  • Componex Corporation v. Electronics For Imaging, Inc. (W.D. Wis.). Represented Defendant in patent infringement litigation relating to printer rollers.
  • CSIRO v. Cisco Systems Inc. (E.D. Tex.). Represented the Australian government’s science agency (CSIRO) in litigation for infringement of CSIRO’s patented LAN technology (commonly referred to as Wi-Fi). CSIRO received favorable damages award following a bench trial.
  • Vieste, LLC et al. v. Hill Redwood Development Ltd. et al. (N.D. Cal.) Lead counsel representing plaintiffs in breach of contract and fraud case stemming from a failed real estate development project. Case successfully settled after plaintiffs won several sanctions motions and a Daubert motion to exclude defendants’ expert witness.
  • Freedom Medical, Inc. v. Premier Purchasing Partners, LP, et al. (E.D. Tex.) Represented Freedom Medical in antitrust suit alleging defendants conspired to block competition in a growing market for medical equipment rentals. Case successfully settled.
  • Mobile Micromedia Solutions Litigation (E.D. Tex.) Represented plaintiff in multiple patent infringement actions involving automotive electronics. Cases reached successful settlements with industry leaders taking patent licenses.
  • 800 Adept Inc. v. AT&T Mobility LLC et al. (E.D. Tex.) Represented plaintiff in patent infringement action involving call-routing technology. Case successfully settled.
  • O2 Micro Litigation (N.D. Cal. and E.D. Tex.) Represented plaintiff O2 Micro in multiple patent infringement actions enforcing patent rights to power control circuitry for LCD screens. Jury trial in Marshall, Texas resulted in finding of willful infringement and an injunction in favor of O2.
  • Selectica, Inc. v. Trilogy Software, Inc. et al. (E.D. Tex.) Represented Selectica, Inc. in patent infringement litigation against Trilogy, Inc. regarding online product configuration technology. Case successfully settled.

Classes and Seminars Taught

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Arkansas School of Law, Trial Evidence Advocacy

Speaking Engagements

  • Chair, PLI’s California Trial Evidence Program (2014 – Present)

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, San Francisco, California, 2015 – Present
  • San Francisco Litigation Law Firms 2000 – 2015
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Richard C. Tallman, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2002 – 2003
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable David Folsom, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 1999 – 2000

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Edward J. McFetridge American Inn of Court , Barrister
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association (FCBA)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers: Chair, Leadership Development Committee, 2006 – 2007
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • Association of Former Law Clerks of the Eastern District of Texas
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s Pro Bono Program: Volunteer Appellate Counsel
  • Pro bono representation of Plaintiff in civil rights litigation against San Jose Police Department


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2019


  • J.D., Boalt School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, 1999, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Berkeley Women’s Law Journal.
  • B.A., (summa cum laude), University of Alaska, Anchorage, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit