Eric B. Hanson

Counsel

ebh@bergerhipskind.com
 

Eric specializes in complex business litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property cases. He is particularly versed in technology related to networking, software, video games, mobile devices, and medical devices. 

Eric has deep experience as a litigator, handling cases from pre-filing analyses all the way through trial and appeal. He has brought numerous cases to successful settlements as well as a trial victory. He has litigated cases in Federal Court across the country, including Northern and Central Districts of California, Eastern District of Texas, and the Western District of Arkansas, as well as the International Trade Commission. Eric is also experienced representing clients in Covered Business Method and Inter Partes Review proceedings. He was the lead author on one of the first filings in the country that persuaded the tribunal to uphold the eligibility of patent claims under Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank International, 134 S.Ct. 2347 (2014). 

Eric was named a Super Lawyers Southern California “Rising Star” every year from 2013 to 2019. 

Representative Matters:

  • Represented a large mobile device company in a patent case alleging infringement of two patents related to display technology. After claim construction claims of one patent was found invalid for indefiniteness, and the case settled successfully.

  • Represented a large video game company in a patent case alleging infringement of patents related to sharing data among networked computers. The case settled successfully shortly before trial.

  • Represented large technology and internet companies in several patent infringement lawsuits related to internet communications, including VoIP and calling card technology. Both cases settled successfully shortly before trial.

  • Represented large technology and internet companies in a patent infringement suit related to internet communications, including VoIP and peer to peer networking. After claim construction, the district court entered judgment for the clients based on patent invalidity and dismissed the case with prejudice. The judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

  • Represented a large medical company in a patent case alleging infringement of the client’s patents relating to vascular closure devices. In December 2010, the jury returned a verdict of willful patent infringement and awarded the client $27.1 million in damages, reportedly the largest jury verdict in any area of law in the Western District of Arkansas.

  • Represented a large mobile device company in a patent case alleging infringement of two patents related to display technology. After claim construction claims of one patent was found invalid for indefiniteness, and the case settled successfully.

  • Represented a large patent holder in 17 IPR proceedings involving patents related to messaging, IP routing, chip packaging, networking, and VoIP. On the eve of filing the client’s POPRs, the parties jointly agreed to terminate the IPRs after the client was sold.

 

Prior Experience:

  • Irell & Manella LLP

  • Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP 


Education:
UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) (JD)

  • Member of the California Law Review

Northwestern University (BS Journalism) 

Admissions:

  • The State Bar of California

  • Central District of California

  • Northern District of California

  • Eastern District of California

  • California Supreme Court

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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