Jonathan K. Waldrop, the managing partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office, represents industry leading companies in patent and trademark litigation involving interactive web technologies, video-on-demand telecommunications, cable technology, computer-assisted sales processes, medical devices, cooking ovens, gaming systems and complex financial transactions. He is also experienced in handling commercial and antitrust litigation matters.
Jon’s clients include Google, YouTube and Adobe, world-leading global technology companies, and Cox Communications, the third largest cable television provider in the United States. He has acted as lead trial counsel in many cases for his clients and has a history of achieving favorable jury verdicts. In a recent example, Jon acted as trial counsel representing Google and YouTube in a case with such broad potential implications that Wired.com declared, “Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll’s Claim to Own the Interactive Web.” In a separate patent litigation, Jon achieved a verdict touted as the largest verdict of the year in the district in which it was handed down.
Jon is regularly recognized in The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers. Jon also earned the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s “Master Advocate” designation, and is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America’s Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, in which less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers are invited to join.
Jon regularly speaks on intellectual property issues, including most recently serving as a panelist for The Knowledge Group Webcast Series program, "Emerging Issues: Patent Trolls and Deceptive Tactics - Impacts and Implications Explored!".
- Successfully secured a jury trial verdict in favor of Dr. G. David Jang against medical device manufacturer Boston Scientific Corporation for infringing Dr. Jang's patent on a stent he invented for treatment of certain atherosclerotic lesions and for breaching its contractual obligations to pay him royalties on its sales of the stent.
- Trial counsel for Google and YouTube in the Eastern District of Texas (Tyler) in a patent infringement action brought by Eolas and the University of California. Achieved a jury verdict of patent invalidity on behalf of Google, YouTube, and the joint defense group, defeating claims for hundreds of millions in damages as well as injunctive relief against interactive web pages. This verdict has been hailed in headlines worldwide, including “Texas Jury Strikes Down Patent Troll’s Claim to Own the Interactive Web,” Wired.com and “Eolas patent trial: Relax! The Internet is saved,” Toronto Star.
- Lead counsel on behalf of Cox Communications in the District of Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas on a patent litigation related to providing video-on-demand services over selected commercial telephone networks.
- Lead counsel on behalf of Cox Communications in two suits brought by Rembrandt in the Eastern District of Texas and other districts on nine patents related to the technology involved in the delivery of cable services.
- Teva, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, in a Hatch-Waxman case relating to Crestor®, with market at issue in excess of $2.5 billion.
- Teva, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, in an antitrust case relating to U.S. patents covering Risperidone®.
- DaimlerChrysler in an action in the Eastern District of Texas involving patents concerning computer-assisted sales processes.
- Cox Communications in actions in the Eastern District of Texas and Delaware involving patents related to video-on-demand services and domain name server systems.
- Zodiac Pool Care in an action in the Southern District of Florida involving patents related to pool cleaner technology.
- Plaintiff-inventor in a patent infringement matter as lead counsel relating to angioplasty catheters. Case resulted in a jury verdict for plaintiff-inventor with an award of over $15 million, the largest jury verdict in the Western District of Oklahoma that year.
- Plaintiff as lead trial counsel in a fraud and breach of contract action in Georgia state court resulting in plaintiff’s verdict and award of attorney’s fees.