For more than 32 years Mitchell Zimmerman has practiced law at the intersection of technology and intellectual property. His work now focuses on counseling, risk management and conflict resolution involving copyrights and other IP in computer software, Internet-based works and traditional forms of authorship.
In 2009, Mitchell received California Lawyer magazine's Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award. He has been selected as a Northern California Super Lawyer every year since 2004, and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America from 2007-present. He is AV Peer Review Rated as "Preeminent" by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.
Mitchell has served as counsel in numerous copyright, trademark and patent cases, including: Research in Motion v. Good Technology (copyright in user interface of handheld communicators); Paramount v. ReplayTV (copyright fair use in digital video recorders); Lotus v. Borland (Lotus 1-2-3 user interface copyrights); Brown Bag Software v. Symantec (copyrights and trade dress in user interfaces); Candle Corp. v. Boole & Babbage (early computer software patent).
Mitchell has taught Copyright Law at Santa Clara University Law School and is a frequent speaker at symposiums and conferences on copyright, trademark and Internet issues, including:
Mitchell is a prolific writer on intellectual property, technology protection, and alternative dispute resolution including:
In 2009, Mitchell was recognized as a California Lawyer magazine Attorney of the Year for his pro bono work on a death penalty case. Mitchell has engaged in a wide range of pro bono legal activities throughout his career, including now serving as a Trustee of the Computer History Museum.