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November 3, 2011 (Mountain View, CA)—Fenwick & West LLP, one of the Top 10 "Go-To" IP litigation firms in the U.S. according to Corporate Counsel, is pleased to announce that Andrew P. Bridges will join the firm as partner in its IP & Technology Litigation Group. Regularly recognized as one of the Top 100 IP litigators in California, Mr. Bridges focuses his practice on complex litigation in Internet, copyright, trademark, advertising, unfair competition, consumer protection and commercial law disputes. Mr. Bridges joins Fenwick from the San Francisco office of Winston & Strawn, and will start with Fenwick on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
"Fenwick continues to seek out the best attorneys to deepen practice areas that are mission critical to our technology and life sciences clients," said Laurence Pulgram, Co-Chair of the firm’s IP & Technology Litigation Group. "Andrew is an ideal fit—a globally known IP litigator who builds on the momentum and market share we have developed with an already outstanding group. We are thrilled to welcome him to the fold."
"I was drawn to Fenwick & West for IP & Technology Litigation because of its depth and extraordinary track record of success in representing innovators and industry leaders in high-stakes IP litigation," said Andrew. "Winston & Strawn is a great firm and I will miss working with my colleagues there, but I am really looking forward to joining my practice with such an accomplished team and look forward to growing the Group."
Mr. Bridges litigates cases for Internet, technology, and consumer-focused companies with respect to new business models, media, technologies and communications platforms. He has handled a number of high-profile matters, including the defense of Diamond Multimedia against the recording industry's attack on the first popular portable MP3 music player; defense of Google and others against Perfect 10's copyright, trademark and publicity law challenges to the Internet; CNET Networks against the effort of Snap-On Tools to thwart the launch of the Snap! Online portal; and ClearPlay, maker of DVD playback control software that enables consumers to have a "PG" experience of "R" rated movies, in a suit brought by Hollywood directors and studios seeking to ban the software.
He has secured many settlements for clients in important cases, including cases for The Financial Times Limited, Bare Escentuals, OmniVision Technologies, Cox Communications, Full Sail University, and many others.
"Andrew's substantial background advising a wide range of prominent companies, coupled with his groundbreaking victories on cutting edge copyright, trademark and Internet issues in high-stakes litigation, adds breadth as well as depth to our leading IP & Technology Litigation practice," said Darryl M. Woo, Chair of Fenwick’s Litigation Group. "Andrew's impressive list of accomplishments, stellar reputation, extensive subject matter knowledge and thought leadership will provide our clients with a tremendous resource. He is highly respected nationally and globally, and we couldn’t be more pleased he selected Fenwick & West to expand his practice." Recently listed as one of the top 100 IP Litigators in California, Mr. Bridges is also ranked in Band 1 for Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secrets by Chambers USA, ranked in Band 1 for Trademark Litigation by World Trademark Review, listed in Best Lawyers in America, and honored in a variety of other publications relating to e-commerce and intellectual property law. The World Intellectual Property Organization's Mediation and Arbitration Center has selected him as a domain name arbitrator, and he serves the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California as an early neutral evaluator.
Mr. Bridges received a B.A. in Greek and Latin, with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford University in 1976, his B.A. in Philosophy and Ancient History, with honors, from the University of Oxford (Merton College) in 1980, and an M.A. in 1985. He did graduate work in archaeology at The American School of Classical Studies at Athens on a Rotary Foundation Fellowship. He received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1983.
Fenwick & West attorneys have handled some of the most prominent IP, technology and patent litigation matters over the past two decades, including securing one of the 25 largest IP litigation payouts in U.S. history—a $400M settlement for its client Compuware against IBM, a $74.7M patent litigation verdict for client Asyst Technologies against Jenoptik—one of the top 20 largest IP litigation verdicts overall in the U.S., a $25.2M jury verdict for Informatica against Business Objects, a successful representation for Capcom against MKR to resolve copyright and trademark claims—a decision that was subsequently covered by The American Lawyer, IP Law360, and the Daily Journal, a very favorable settlement payment for our client SuccessFactors who was the target of a false pretexting scheme whereby a direct competitor manufactured a phony prospective customer to inappropriately obtain our client’s business information, and extensive defense representations resulting in jury verdicts or summary judgments of noninfringement and/or invalidity. The firm is ranked by Corporate Counsel as one of the Top 10 “Go-To” litigation firms in the U.S. for advising Fortune 100 companies, as First Tier Nationally (and in the San Francisco Bay Area) for IP litigation and patent litigation in the "Best Law Firms" guide released by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, as a “Go-To” law firm for litigation by The American Lawyer, by Vault as one of the top 20 U.S. law firms for IP litigation and counseling, by IP Law & Business as one of the top U.S. law firms that innovators rely on to protect their IP, as well as one of only 20 "Go To Law Firms on the Cutting Edge" for patent litigation, and was recently awarded "Most Innovative Use of Technology by a Law Firm" by American Lawyer Media for the firm's proprietary electronic discovery tools.